MILTON, Del.- The Milton Fire Department was joined by members of the community to break ground on a $4.6 million project. On Friday afternoon, there was dirt flying in the air as a symbol of new beginnings in the town of Milton. The fire department was accompanied by state and county legislators to see this project grow. 

"When you take volunteers that donate their time and their service, it's just remarkable that a community will come together and do what they done here for us in Milton," explains State Senator, Dave Wilson of District 18. 

As the population continues to a grow in Milton, that will come with more emergency calls. The fire department says in 20 years the number of fire and emergency calls will increase by more than 250%.

After considering options, the board and membership of the MFD, voted to expand from 12,422-square-feet to 26,132-square-feet on its existing Front Street site in Milton. 

Features of the expanded station will include a new engine bay that will house two pieces of apparatus and the reconstruction and enlargement of an existing bay currently housing four pieces.  Other improvements include a larger community room, new bunk rooms, and restrooms; laundry, recreation and meal facilities for volunteer firefighters and paid EMS staff, a meeting and training room, and new administrative offices. Milton EMS Chief Chelsea Aydelotte says this project is much needed.

"We are all currently jammed into one little space. We need this new space for our training, our equipment, and our personal," says Aydelotte.

Volunteers from the Milton Department have been serving the town since 1901. Mayor Ted Kanakos of Milton says no matter what these volunteer firefighters our answering our calls. 

The fire department hopes to raise at least $2 million of the $4.6 million total cost via private donations, through a campaign that began in September 2019.

The Milton Fire Department says they hope the new building will be done in November 2020.