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|Monmouth city officials and members of the fire department cut the ribbon Sunday on the new Monmouth Fire Department building on the north side of the Maple City.
The 15,000 square foot facility on Industrial Park Lane is three times larger than the old Monmouth Public Safety Building, which was shared by the police and fire departments. Now both departments have their own buildings.
Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies told a large gathering that lot of people made the project happen.
"It was through the cooperative efforts of the city council, the administration, the firefighters and the community that we work together and have a really great facility here that will meet the needs of the community and the firefighters for a really long tiime."
The cost of the fire station, which is located in the former Protexal Building, was around $900,000. Davies says there's plenty of room in the building for future growth.
Fire Chief Jim Conard says the location of the facility will improve the department's response times in the northern part of town. He says rehabilitation of the building took about six months and the department moved into its new home at the end of March.
Officials also dedicated a tree on the grounds for former mayor and fire chief Jack Reitman. The public was given tours of the building after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Photos of the Monmouth fire station on Industrial Park Lane
The front of the fire station
People gather prior to the tree dedication, ribbon cutting and open house
The tree dedicated in memory of former Monmouth mayor and fire chief Jack Reitman
Monmouth Fire Chief Jim Conard presides over the tree dedication in memory of Jack Reitman
Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies (left) and fire chief Jim Conard (right) during the tree dedication
Members of the Monmouth Fire Department pose for a picture in front of the tree and memorial for Jack Reitman
Conard (center) cuts the ribbon to the fire station
Fire station fitness room
Firefighters' sleeping quarters
Men's locker room
Inside the garage at the new fire station
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Mike Perry)
|10 05 09 by Newsroom
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