CLINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After 10 years of dreaming and planning and finally building, The Clinton Fire Department has a new firehouse. Ground was broken in February of 2020 and firefighters operated their first full shift from the station in November.
“It’s one of those days we thought would never come,” said Fire Chief Chris Strohm. “Over the last 10 years, we kind of sat back and dreamt about it, wondering when it would ever happen, if it would happen and now it’s here. It’s a little bit surreal.”
The new facility is significantly larger than the old firehouse, allowing for more room for training and living quarters. There’s also a new fitness center.
“Our old facility was only about 3,000 square feet, just a little over,” Strohm said. “The new facility is just about 12,000 square feet, so we have ample space for training, where the old facility had to borrow space from the emergency management office when we had training.
“Just the living quarters, so we have the ability to where each shift has their own bunk room and we have one bunk room for part time so we can sleep a lot more people here in the event that we needed to staff extra people for inclement weather, any type of natural disaster, anything that might happen,” he added.
“The biggest thing is just the health and the wellness of our firefighters,” he added. “The old place, we were very cramped in. We didn’t have the ability to have a decent exhaust removal system for the trucks and that was one of the biggest priorities we had here.”
These updates were made possible by a public safety tax. Strohm hopes to host an open house in the future, after the pandemic has settled down.