In less than a month, Norwalk's fire department will finally have its new home.
"14 employees will move in on Sept. 16," says Fire Chief Denis McCarthy.
Back in March, we toured the 31,000 square foot, $15 million facility with McCarthy. Now in late August, most of the work is complete.
"What is left to do is the final electrical connections," he says. "Much of the IT work is done."
The building will house a new training facility for firefighters -- and residents.
"We can teach [residents] how to use fire extinguishers," McCarthy says. "We can teach them how to use and climb down an escape ladder in a window."
It will also house the city's central Office of Emergency Management.
"All the data work will occur in September. It will be the last work to be done," McCarthy says.
McCarthy says after administration moves in, firefighters will move into the new building Sept. 20. Capt. Jim Hines will oversee the very first shift. The building should see many shifts: it is expected to last at least 75 years.
"[We have] flexible space inside the building," McCarthy says. "As our mission and roles change, as our staff changes, we'll be able to accommodate all that without undergoing major constructions or renovations."
A dedication ceremony is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5.
"Families can come and really see it and get a full tour of the building," McCarthy says.