STAUNTON -- While it took considerably longer than expected, officials with the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department (PTVFD) recently made the transition to their new firehouse.
On Monday, Fire Chief Larry Tempel told The Brazil Times trucks were moved into the new facility Dec. 22.
"We still have a few items to finish, but it's usable now," Tempel said. "We still have office files to move in and figure out what kind of tools and other items to move (in). We're operating out of the building now.
"We're fortunate in that the stuff we have to move isn't that far away. We just have to walk it across the street."
Tempel told The Times near completion of the state was 11 months behind schedule. Still, he's pleased the department is moving in.
"It's certainly good to get it finished," he said. "It didn't cost us more money. The fortunate thing was we had our old building to stay in. We were not in a bind to move out of the old building."
Completion of the new building hit a snag in June. Tempel said construction issues had to be addressed.
The Crescent Building Group, Plainfield, was in charge of constructing the new firehouse.
Tempel added there are a few minor details that need to be addressed in the future, such as controls on the heating and cooling system, among other items.
"(The heating and cooling system controls) are functioning now, they are just not the way they were designed," Tempel said.
In 2009, the department was awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
It was one of four departments in the state to receive grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Of the departments in Indiana, PTVFD received the most grant money.
Former Staunton resident Matt Reed helped the department with its grant proposal, which was eventually finished with additional help from West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD) grant administrator Kristy Jerrell.
Fire departments across the nation that applied for the grant were judged on firefighting safety, response times and the ability to go "green."
According to Tempel, the department was in need of a new firehouse after outgrowing its old facility, located at 407 E. Columbus St., Staunton.
The new station incorporates "green" elements, which were required to receive the grant money.
The new station includes natural cross ventilation, geothermal heating/cooling, a "green" roof, radiant floors and LED or CFL lighting.
Tempel said the old station will be used for storage and training.
"(The training area) will be an open area where we can use various props to train with," he said.
Tempel added in the near future, the department plans to set up a handful of open houses for the community and other fire departments to see how the building functions.
But for now, settling in is the top priority.
"We're still figuring out things," he said. "How we want to set up, our recycling ... get all that in order."