LIMA — The newly built American Township Fire Station No. 2 on Edgewood Drive was open for tours Sunday as part of an open house.
The $2.3 million project was designed by Technicon Design Group of Ottawa.
Westerheide Construction of Sidney was the general contractor on the project.
Funding for the project was made possible through a fire and EMS levy.
“Throughout the years we set so much money back in our budget for each tax levy we put so much money back, saved our money up and that’s how we funded this project. We did not borrow any money,” said Tom Hadding, American Township fire chief.
The open house was a way to show the taxpayers how their money was being spent.
“It means a lot of things because, one, it was a yearlong project, finally come to a finish and we got to open it up to the people that supported us for many years. We get to open our doors so they can come in and see their firehouse. We work out of it. We live in it but it’s actually their building. They can come in and see what their tax money goes to” he said.
Hadding was thrilled to be able to show off the new facilities.
“It’s exciting for the community to be here It’s exciting for my members to be part of it and help show the community the firehouse. It’s very warming. It’s touching to me,” he said.
The need for a new fire station was pretty clear, according to Hadding.
“We had a firehouse here previously, but it was only built in 1988. It was built for two guys on duty at a time. We outgrew it. We wore it out. One time we had seven guys working out of that firehouse. Today we’re in a firehouse that’s built for the future. It’s got more safety for the guys. It’s a bigger firehouse. The guys have more room to live in. It’s a beautiful facility,” he said.
Hadding also predicts some improvements to Fire Station No. 1, in Elida.
“I think we’re going to be looking at updating the apparatus area and making it safer because once again we’re crunched in small areas. We got trucks parked so close together. I would see something in the next few years, doing some type of remodelling,” he said.