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Oct 21, 2015 5:43 PM

East Derry residents relieved shuttered fire station is reopening


DERRY- After being shut down for more than three months, Fire Station No. 4 in Derry will reopen Thursday morning.

It was shut down as part of massive budget cuts made to lower taxes. Residents petitioned the town council, took them to court, and turned out voters in record numbers to overturn the cuts.

Residents of East Derry are especially happy to have the Hampstead Road station reopen.

Many were concerned about response time to their neighborhoods with it closed.

"Now we're protected up here," said Scott Hayward who lives next door to the station. "There's a lot of people farther up in East Derry that weren't protected like they are with the station here."

Wednesday, firefighters were busy cleaning up and moving trucks around to prepare for Thursday's first shift back.

Battalion Chief Jim Richardson says the department is pleased with the council's actions to restore the budget. They look forward to filling four positions that will now be funded.

"The people of this community are going to be better served and that's what we're all about," Richardson said.

Many residents, like Jim Foley are pleased to have the station back in service, and still see their tax rate go down $1.04.

"The important thing is some people worked very hard to get it reopened and we still have a tax cut and we have our full services back," Foley said.

A celebration has been scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m.


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