WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A new firehouse in West Ocean City that features an exercise room and training areas has officially opened.

The 19,000-square-foot firehouse on Keyser Point Road began operating Tuesday morning following a ceremony in which vehicles that had been removed from the old building were placed back inside the new building.

The old firehouse was demolished last May, and construction began a month later at a 1.5 acre parcel of land near the old site.

Fire department spokesman Ryan Whittington says the estimated budget for the project was $2.65 million, and the building was completed under budget. He says the leftover money could be used to expand the building’s kitchen or on an air-compressor system. It also could be used on future projects.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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