CLINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Nearly two years after the Clinton Fire Department moved into their new building, officials were finally able to welcome the public to their new facility.

Clinton Fire Chief, Chris Strohm, said he was excited to show residents the numerous upgrades.

“We have training space, office space, we have a workout area for the guys to use so it’s just so much easier and a lot healthier for the guys. And now just getting a chance to let the public come in and finally see what they’ve been driving by for the past two years,” he said.

The department moved into the $1.3 million facility in November of 2020. They had delayed the open house due to the pandemic.

Strohm had tape on the ground to display the size of the old facility compared to the new one– a nearly 10,000 square foot difference.

“We went from 3,000 square feet at our old facility, to just at 12,000 square feet here. Just the amount of space we have for the trucks to be stored all inside, we can do better maintenance on the trucks,” he said. “Working here has been a night and day difference.”

Free refreshments at the open house were provided by the Clinton Lions Club.