Leonard A. Smith Central Fire Station Renovation
In August 2016 the renovation of the Leonard A. Smith Central Fire Station began. Over the course of the next six months the station underwent an interior and exterior transformation. There were a few firsts that occurred during the renovation.
- On October 28, 2016 for the first time in the history of the Hudson Fire Department, the ladder truck was parked inside one of the main bays at the Leonard A. Smith Central Fire Station. A lot of work was put into the raising of the apparatus bay doors and updating the façade to keep in line with the historic nature of the building.
- The station is now insulated. When it was originally built, no insulation was used. This made for some very hot and cold areas, especially in the living quarters. Now, throughout the living quarters and offices both the interior and exterior walls are insulated.
- The windows are now all energy efficient. A total of 38 new windows were installed on the exterior of the building.
The exterior of the station saw many changes. The main entrance on the Library Street side was completely re-done. The addition of a handicap accessible ramp makes for better access for all residents. Retaining some of the history of the building, the original Hudson Fire Department sign was restored and now hangs on the outside of the entrance. The rear of the building had an apparatus bay door removed and the space closed up and bricked. The School Street side had all five apparatus bay doors heightened and new bay doors and lights installed. A new roof was installed on the entire building.
The interior of the station was where the renovation changed so much. The lobby entrance was completely re-done creating a more open and inviting space. The Dispatch Office and Captain’s Office located on the first floor were remodeled as well. Out on the apparatus bay floor, walls were removed to create more room on the floor. With the changes to the rear of the building a new stairwell was installed along with a gear/decontamination room, mechanical room and EMS storage room. The walls and ceiling in the apparatus bay were painted and special attention was made to preserve the existing murals that grace the walls throughout.
On the second floor the biggest transformation took place. Everything that was originally on the second floor was demolished and re-built. The second floor now houses an open concept kitchen and dining room. Five dormitories, two bathrooms, day room, fitness room and laundry room were built. The areas are now secure with key coded doors, restricting access to the living quarters and apparatus bay.
During this renovation there were several acts of generosity that we would like to recognize. The Hudson NH Lions Club donated $5,000.00 which was used towards the purchase of the new kitchen stove. The Professional Firefighters of Hudson Local #3154 provided all the televisions in the bunk rooms, day room and dining room. The Hudson Firefighters Relief Association provided all the furniture in the day room. Director of EMS Michelle Rudolph provided the new barstools for the kitchen counter. Members from Group 3 provided the custom made flag on display in the Dining Room.
There was a tremendous amount of coordination and planning that went into the renovation. We would like to thank the following HFD personnel who served on the Planning Committee for this project:
- Fire Chief Robert Buxton
- Captain James Paquette
- Lieutenant Marty Conlon
- Inspector David Hebert
- Executive Coordinator Erika LaRiviere
We would also like to thank all of the personnel, especially those assigned to Central Station for their patience and cooperation throughout the renovation. Our thanks to Gary Thomas, Doug Turchi, Jeff Anthony and the rest of the team from NorthPoint Construction and Kelly Davis and Evan Mullen from PortOne Architects for bringing this project to fruition.
Finally, we would like to thank the Budget Committee and the Board of Selectman for supporting the warrant article which placed it onto the ballot. To the residents of Hudson who came out to show their support and cast their vote in favor of the renovation – THANK YOU! Without it, this would not have become a reality.
We will be holding a more formal ribbon cutting to celebrate in the spring where the public will be invited to tour the facility. More information will follow as those details are finalized.
The members of the Hudson Fire Department THANK YOU! Click or Select Here to view our short video.