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NewsTribune photo/Kim Shute Jason Barnett, Ryan Hartman and Tim Strangland of RC Hartman Construction, Granville have been at work this month framing the new Bureau fire station adjacent to the former Leepertown Grade School. Fire chief Tim Shipp said department volunteers will complete some of the interior drain work once framing is complete.
BUREAU — Construction is underway on the new Bureau fire station adjacent to the former Leepertown Grade School, and the department will be consolidated to one location by the end of summer.
Bureau fire chief Tim Shipp said the “price was right” for the building and grounds, and the existing school building will be used for office space, training exercises and to provide a fundraising space for the department.
Already the department has moved some personnel into the offices, he said.
Over the next few years, Shipp said the district also plans to open a public museum at the former school building.
At present, Bureau Fire Department uses the village building and has to house its pumper truck at Indian Valley Stone and Timber due to space restrictions. A $215,000 state grant through the capital bill will cover the majority of construction costs, with the remaining $50,000 being borrowed by the district through an existing tax levy, according to Shipp.
Shipp said the new station will give the small district its own identity, but that isn’t the most important feature.
“The biggest advantage of the new building is that it will shave response time. Right now when we get a rural call we have to go out (to Indian Valley Stone and Timber) and get the truck which takes another 12-15 minutes. This is going to save time on all those calls,” Shipp said.
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