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Construction photo taken August 15, 2002. When completed the structure held (l-r) Rescue Truck, Engine #1, Ladder Truck, Engine #2 and two Ambulances parked behind each other. Firemen's equipment was set along the back. A trailer behind the unit held the Department's offices. Old Engine #1 was parked by the trailer.
The "Kiss" had been the third home to the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department.
After the "Big Fire" on December 10, 1999, the Department wintered at Kundert Motors on Terrace Avenue.
During the summer of 2000, two temporary Butler Buildings were constructed on Hamilton Avenue; one to house the ambulances and the other to house Engine #2 and the Rescue Truck. In October 2000, the Department moved back to Hamilton Avenue and along with The Imken Wing which was still serviceable and housed the Ladder Truck and Engine #1. The three structures served the Department.
Due to the demolition of old Boro Hall and the construction of the new Public Safety Building, the Department subsequently had to move for a third time.
There was some discussion about locating the Department to the Honeywell Parking lot on Green Street in Teterboro (about 1.5 miles from Hamilton Avenue), but they eventually moved to the "Hershey Kiss" on Central Avenue on September 3, 2002.
The Department moved to its new Fire House at 248 Hamilton Avenue on October 2, 2004. [Dedication]
The Hershey Kiss cost about $210,000 plus utilities and was paid for by insurance.
The Central Avenue space will now be used for Municipal Complex parking.
The Butler Buildings cost about $229,000 plus utilities and was paid for by insurance.
The large Butler Building was
moved to the DPW yard and the smaller Butler Building was given to the Lyndhurst Police
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