The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department broke ground Saturday on its new $4.5 million fire station on Clayton Street.
The new building, which is slated for completion by November 2013, will provide the department twice the space as the current 50-year-old fire station on Waples Street, according to spokesman Matthew Gajdos.
The new structure also will feature a geo-thermal HVAC system, more engine bay space, additional offices, a training room, a meeting room, a bunk area and a professional are for the department’s career EMS staff.
Gajdos said the department would continue to use its Waples Street station until the first phase of the new building is complete. Afterward, the Waples Street station will continue to be used for fundraising events until a buyer is found.
Proceeds from the current building’s sale will be used to fund a second phase of construction, which will add a dining hall at the Clayton Street station, he said.
The fire department began saving money for the construction of a new building in the 1980s. Additional financing is being provided by Fulton Bank.