CBP's U.S. Border Patrol Opens 'Green' Station in Maine
Fort Fairfield -On June 18, the Houlton Sector, along with approximately 100 guests, celebrated the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art, green Border Patrol Station in Fort Fairfield, Maine.
The Houlton Sector Honor Guard started off the day's celebration with the national anthem sung by local Fort Fairfield resident Robert Helstrom and invocation by Reverend Jean Paul Labrie from the St. Denis Catholic Church.
Guest speakers included Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Alfredo Casillas from Houlton sector, Barbara Hayslett from Rep. Mike Michaud's office, Phil Bosse from Sen. Susan Collins' office and Sharon Campbell from Sen. Olympia Snowe's office. Closing remarks were by Patrol Agent in Charge Dennis Harmon from the Fort Fairfield station followed by the ribbon cutting which formally marked the opening of this new facility.
The $6.5 million, 26,000-square-foot facility is situated on 10 acres and was constructed by Dan Hebert, Inc. Construction, New Hampshire and supervised by the U.S. General Services Administration, New England Region.
The developer of the new Fort Fairfield Station was not required to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification; however, their commitment to the environment and surrounding communities were taken into consideration during the construction phase.
Using the "Rating System Checklist" criteria set forth by the Green Building Council, 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 a helicopter landing site with lighting, a processing and holding facility, a mechanics bay, and indoor parking for up to 18 service vehicles.
"In order to accomplish our mission, we need the appropriate mix of infrastructure, personnel, technology, partnerships, and intelligence," said Patrol Agent in Charge Dennis Harmon. "This state-of-the-art facility will enable our agents to complete our mission more efficiently and effectively in securing our borders, while keeping our communities safe."
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.