Tears had been shed on Might 15 as the brand new Vermilion Fireplace Station No. 1 was formally opened and devoted.
The brand new 16,000-square-foot constructing which price $4 million sits at 1041 Douglas St. in Vermilion.
Through the opening ceremony, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur introduced a flag that hung over the U.S. Capitol to fireplace chief Chris Stempowski and Mayor Jim Forthofer.
“That is simply essentially the most stunning neighborhood. I see it being constructed ahead and that makes me very joyful,” Kaptur mentioned.
Kaptur reminisced in regards to the impression of an area hearth division when she was a baby. From sweet apples, to carnivals and neighborhood occasions, the members of the hearth division performed key roles in her neighborhood.
“I can solely think about what it’s like for the kids of Vermilion to have the identical place to develop up in. It’s actually treasured,” she mentioned.
The constructing which completed in January might be house to greater than 15 firefighters who volunteer their time and power to serve the neighborhood. Each the mayor and hearth chief expressed gratitude to all members of the neighborhood who made the hearth station a chance.
With the brand new facility, firefighters will supply extra room together with bogs and coaching facility area for the employees. Forthofer mentioned the station is important for the heroes inside his metropolis who volunteer their time to guard the neighborhood.
“They do it out of a way of delight they usually do it as a dedication to the security of their associates and neighbors. That’s us, the Vermilion neighborhood,” he mentioned. “We’re right here immediately for the next function than dedicating brick and mortar. We’re right here immediately from the spirit of volunteerism in Vermilion and all of the women and men who’re dedicated to our security.”