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Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Lady Volunteers of Staunton recently provided a donation for the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department's new firehouse. On hand during the presentation included (from left) Loise Kroesen, Terri Lowder, Barbara Ripple, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Larry Tempel, Alice Wools, Pauline Joslin, Josie Latham and Anita Ave. [Order this photo]
STAUNTON -- Members of the Lady Volunteers of Staunton provided the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department (PTVFD) with a generous donation Thursday to help with the cost of the department's new firehouse.

During the presentation, PTVFD Fire Chief Larry Tempel provided a tour of the new firehouse, located across the street from the old building at 407 E. Columbus St., Staunton.

Earlier this year, Tempel told The Brazil Times he believed the firehouse would be completed by June.

However, a series of minor setbacks has caused a delay in the building of the project. Now, Tempel and others are not sure when the building will be completed.

During the Thursday tour, Tempel explained to those in attendance grant money provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would run out later this year.

However, officials with the fire department said the agency has been in contact with FEMA regarding the issues, which include contracting and other setbacks.

The building was supposed to be completed in January. However, some of the work had to be redone, forcing the initial setbacks.

"We've had a series of issues," Tempel said earlier this year. "We had hoped to be where we are right now back in January."

The Crescent Building Group, Plainfield, is in charge of construction of the building.

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

In 2009, the department was awarded a $1.2 million grant through FEMA.

It was one of four fire departments in Indiana to receive the grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The remaining Indiana agencies receiving grant monies 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 Indiana.

Former Staunton resident Matt Reed helped the department with the grant proposal. However, it was eventually finished with additional help from West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD) grant administrator Kristy Jerrell.

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

Officials have said the local department was in need of a new facility because it has outgrown its current location.

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

It 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.

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