An Upgrade for East Aurora Fire Department

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM EDT

East Aurora, N.Y. (WKBW) - The East Aurora Fire Department makes hundreds of calls each year.

"We get 210 alarms of fire and 90 auto accidents. Also, 80 or 90 calls of miscellaneous wires down, trees down," Fire Chief Roger LeBlanc said.

Keeping residents like Cave Wilson and his family safe.

"When you hear the whistle go, you know there are volunteers on the scene to help people in need," Wilson said.

They've been working hard for the community, teaming up with five other departments.

"Cazanovia Engine Company, Chemical Engine Company, Pioneer Hook and Ladder and East End Active Hose," LeBlanc said.

All under one roof here on Oakwood Avenue since 1954. Now after nearly a decade of searching for the perfect location, they received approval to build a facility on Center Street.

"It's a growing community. We need a new fire hall to house our equipment and attract new volunteers. There is a lot of pride in here. The facility we're in now but it served us well but its crumbling around us," LeBlanc said.

Construction on the 18,000 square foot, $6 million complex take place in the next few months. The building is centrally located so it will take just minutes to get to any location the department serves.

"It's a new direction and I think its something that will be able to serve the community for the next 50 or 60 years," LeBlanc said.

Wilson said he and his family feel safe.

"Just got done installing fire detectors in our house but it's nice to know that we have the fire department to back us up should we ever need it." Wilson said.

The facility will be completed by the end of next year or early 2015.