At a recent groundbreaking, F&M Trust pledged its contribution to be made in five annual installments beginning in 2012 and running through 2016. Representing the bank at the presentation were Anthony Damore, Cumberland County market manager; Dave Zimmerman, commercial services relationship manager; and William E. Snell Jr., president and chief executive officer.
The project, which calls for a two-story T-shaped facility, was launched three years ago and has an anticipated completion date of fall 2012. Total project costs of the 30,000-square-foot facility are estimated at $7.2 million. F&M Trust will provide $6 million in financing for the project construction, with the balance being paid down by grants and gifts raised during the capital campaign.
The state-of-the-art emergency services building will house Vigilant Hose Co. No. 1 of Shippensburg and Shippensburg Area Emergency Medical Services Inc. It will include a training center that will be utilized by all Shippensburg-area firefighters and EMS technicians, a dormitory that will house on-site volunteers to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, an area for fire and emergency vehicles, storage for equipment, a fire museum, and offices for the administrative and executive staff.
Fire and emergency apparatus will access the building through five doors — three for ambulances onto Orange Street and two for fire apparatus onto Walnut Bottom Road.