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Chief: New firehouse to be ready in June

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Construction on the new Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department firehouse is nearly complete. Officials estimate the building will be fully operational by June 2012. [Order this photo]
A series of small mishaps has hindered the completion of the new Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department (PTVFD) firehouse.

But despite the minor setbacks, PTVFD Fire Chief Larry Tempel is confident the building will be fully operational by June.

"As the building goes, we're getting close to 90 percent complete, 85-90 percent complete," Tempel told The Brazil Times recently. "We hope to be substantially completed by the end of June. We may not be moved in yet, but somewhere in that area."

The new building was supposed to be completed by January.

However, Tempel said there were some setbacks and contractors had to come back in and redo some of the work.

"Some of the construction had to be redone," Tempel said. "We've had a series of issues.

"We had hoped to be where we are right now back in January. We're running like three-and-a-half to four months behind schedule."

Still, Tempel said he is hopeful the new station will be up and running by June.

"I'm anticipating by the end of June," Tempel said.

"We've kicked it in gear here lately. We've been meeting weekly to make sure everything is flowing."

Tempel said the department was in the process of drafting a newsletter to send out to explain the progress of the new station.

The Crescent Building Group, Plainfield, is in charge of constructing the new building, which is located next to the old firehouse.

Currently, the department is still utilizing the old firehouse and will do so until the new building is completed.

The department was awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2009.

It was one of four fire departments in Indiana to receive grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The remaining Indiana departments receiving grant money included the new Whiteland Fire Department, the Valparaiso Fire Department and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue of Harrison Township in Martinsville.

PTVFD received the most grant money of any of the fire departments in the state.

Former Staunton resident Matt Reed helped the department with the grant proposal.

The proposal was eventually finished with additional help from West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD) grant administrator Kristy Jerrell.

Fire departments nationwide who applied for the FEMA grant were judged on firefighting safety, response times and the ability to go 'green."

According to Tempel, PTVFD was in need of a new firehouse because it outgrew the old facility, located at 407 E. Columbus St., Staunton.

According to officials, the new station will incorporate "green" elements, which was required in order to receive the grant money.

The new station will include natural cross ventilation, geothermal heating/cooling, a "green" roof, radiant floors and LED or CFL lighting.

The old station will be used for storage and training.

Tempel added the department is gearing up for its annual Jonah Fish Fry, scheduled for Saturday, June 2, at Northview High School.

He said the event will take place from 3-7:30 p.m.

Cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. Desserts will also cost $1. Drive through will also be available.

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Thank you Mr President for the new fire house.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, May 22, 2012, at 12:35 AM

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