Christmas came early for the Willingboro Fire and EMS Department.
Township officials gathered Wednesday to cut the ribbon at the department’s brand new, over 30,000-square-feet fire station.
The milestone marks over a decade of the department working to get its members a new home.
“This is something that is a longtime coming and is well deserved. This has been 10 years in the making,” said Willingboro fire and EMS Chief Anthony Burnett on Wednesday. Around 2008, the department began looking to renovate its original firehouse, located at the intersection of John F. Kennedy Way and Charleston Road.
Built in 1960 for an all-volunteer department, the original firehouse was beginning to deteriorate and was not suited for a modern-day, 24-hour operation. There was also a mold problem in the basement that left it unusable.