Tisbury Fire Department readies flagpole for new home

A crane provided by Kim Baptiste of Tashmoo Boatyard and Crane Service stands ready to remove the Tisbury fire station's flagpole on Beach Road. — Photo courtesy of Joe Tierney

The Tisbury Fire Department is out of luck if someone at the Beach Road fire station decides to run something up the flagpole. It’s no longer there.

For anyone who is concerned, the disappearance of the landmark given to the department more than 25 years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution is by design, not theft.

The flagpole was removed this week in preparation for its relocation to the new emergency services facility (ESF) under construction on West Spring Street, according to an email from ESF building committee chairman Joe Tierney.

Engineers need to measure the length of the pole that goes into the ground before a hole is dug for its installation, Mr. Tierney said. Over the next few months, members of the fire department also plan to provide labor to restore and prepare the flapole for its new home, he added.

Work to remove the flagpole was donated by Tashmoo Boatyard and Crane Service owner Kim Baptiste and transport by Troy Maciel of Maciel and Sons Excavation.