Out With The Old

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

Crews from Robert B. Our company started the demolition last Thursday.  KAT SZMIT PHOTOS

EAST HARWICH — After serving the region for more than four decades, the East Harwich fire substation on Route 137 went under the wrecking ball last week. The firehouse was built in 1975, when East Harwich was largely undeveloped.  In recent decades, it became an important response base for fire and medical response to Harwich, Chatham, Brewster and occasionally Orleans.  Stripped of salvageable equipment and materials, the station was taken out of service in late January, following completion of the new station next door at 1464 Orleans Rd.

The demolition is bittersweet for many Harwich firefighters, some of whom—like Chief Norman Clarke, Jr.—started their firefighting careers there.

The demolition is bittersweet for many Harwich firefighters, some of whom—like Chief Norman Clarke, Jr.—started their firefighting careers there.

The old firehouse was built in 1975 when East Harwich was largely undeveloped land. That year, the Harwich Fire Department responded to 1,035 incidents, compared to 4,863 calls for service last year.

The old firehouse was built in 1975 when East Harwich was largely undeveloped land. That year, the Harwich Fire Department responded to 1,035 incidents, compared to 4,863 calls for service last year.