CBP U.S. Border Patrol Opens New Station in Maine
Rangely, Maine - The Houlton Sector, along with approximately 150 guests, celebrated the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art, Border Patrol Station in Rangeley, Maine, July 22.
The Houlton Sector Honor Guard began the day's event with the posting of the colors and Chelsea Dagmar singing the national anthem. The invocation was delivered by Reverend Paul Plante from Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Oquossoc and St. Luke's Catholic Church in Rangeley.
Guest speakers included Gary Tharpe, Deputy Division Chief of Northern and Coastal Border Division, Office of Border Patrol, Houlton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Mellia, Carlene Tremblay from Senator Susan Collins office, Diane Jackson from Senator Olympia Snowe's office and Andrea Quaid from Congressman Mike Michaud's Office. Closing remarks were by Patrol Agent in Charge Jeff Beauregard from the Rangeley Station followed by the ribbon cutting and tours of the facility.
The $5.9 million, 23,969 sq. ft facility is situated on seven acres and was constructed by CD Smith Construction, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and supervised by the U.S. General Services Administration, New England Region.
The developer of the new Rangeley Station was not required to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification; however, their commitment to the environment and surrounding communities were taken into consideration during the construction phase. Items taken into consideration during construction were: erosion and sediment control, development density, storm water management, landscape and exterior design to reduce heat islands, light pollution reduction, water efficient landscaping, CFC reduction in HVACR&R equipment, construction waste management, low-emitting materials, thermal comfort and innovation in design.
This state-of-the-art facility may accommodate up to 50 agents and staff. The facility includes such amenities as an intelligence section, sally port and indoor parking for up to 15 service vehicles.
"This facility will accommodate the requirements of the Border Patrol's operations in full-filling the priority mission of the Border Patrol to prevent the entry of terrorists and terrorist weapons into the United States," said Patrol Agent in Charge Jeff Beauregard, "While still enabling our agents to complete our traditional missions to deter the illegal entry of aliens and contraband, and to interdict and apprehend persons and contraband that have illegally entered the United States, more effectively and efficiently."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.