EDISON—For the first time in nearly three decades, Edison Township opened a new public safety facility.
Mayor Jun Choi along with public safety officials and members of the business community were on hand to open the Edison Public Safety Center in Raritan Center. The 17,045 square-foot facility will house personnel from Edison’s police, fire and emergency medical services.
“This project was talked about for decades and now it is a reality. Edison should be proud of this accomplishment. Our township will be safer and better protected because of this facility,” said Choi.
In a ceremony at the Raritan Center Parkway site, Choi was joined by Col. Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the State Police and Director of the State Office of Emergency Management.
In the first phase of the opening, the township’s emergency medical services will establish its headquarters at the Public Safety Center later this week. The Fire Department has already begun using the facility as a training center.
In the future, the Fire Department and the Police Department will both staff the building. This will allow all of Edison’s public safety personnel to train jointly on site. There is room for computer and physical training as well as space for seminars. This enables the township to host expert professionals to provide training. Before the building was constructed, the more than 400 men and women who make up Edison’s Division of Public Safety had to go elsewhere to receive such training.
The Edison Public Safety Center is the first newly constructed facility for the Edison Fire Department since 1972 when Firehouse No. 5 was built on Beverly Street. It is the first new building for the police department since the township’s finest moved into their current headquarters in 1980.
When staffed, the Edison Public Safety Center will be a fully functioning fire station and provide for more balanced coverage in the area. Even though Edison currently has six firehouses spread evenly throughout most of the township, there was no facility in Raritan Center, where the property is assessed at more than $335 million.
The Frank Visceglia Foundation contributed the $5 million construction cost for the Edison Public Safety Center. Federal Business Centers administered construction on behalf of the foundation. In addition to the cost of construction, the Frank Visceglia Foundation donated a fire pumper truck and an ambulance to the township.
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