Welland’s Central Station Project In The Spotlight

By Wayne Campbell

WELLAND – A project to preserve and to use the 100-year-old Welland Central Fire Station will form part of the opening episode of Historical Niagara’s Second Season on YourTV Channel 10.

Central Fire Station, which the city closed in 2007, will be featured with historic fire stations throughout Niagara.

The Central Station Education Initiative, a not-for-profit group, leases the Central Fire Station from the City of Welland. It plans to turn the three-storey classic 1920 fire station into a lively centre.

On the first floor, it will celebrate local firefighting history by creating a heritage display using the available firehall equipment including a classic fire truck, hose tower, dispatch room, alarm reception board and other items.

The second and third floors of the heritage-designated building, to help sustain the project financially, will serve as rental space for community groups.

With support from city council, Central Station Education Initiative is working on a major federal grant to mark the centennial of the unique classical building. The grant will assist in the upgrading of the building to meet current standards.

For more information about the Central Fire Station and about ways to donate to assist the project, see its website, www.centralfirehall.ca.

Peter Sacco, Niagara filmmaker and author, created Historical Niagara to spotlight the Niagara Region’s history, legends, myths and facts as well as the enigmatic, obscure places and tidbits of history that are less well-known to people, especially residents of the Niagara Region.

During its first eight episodes, Historical Niagara touched on local museums, the story of wine country, Niagara’s four historic forts, and, the communities of Grimsby, Queenston, Ball’s Falls and Port Robinson.

The opening episode of the second season will air:

Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 p.m. on YourTV Channel 10;

Sunday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. on YourTV Channel 10;

Sunday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. on YouTube channel.

(Wayne Campbell, a member of the Central Station Education Initiative, is a retired journalist living in Welland and occasional contributor to the blog.)

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