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Napoleon Builds a New Emergency Services Center

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A small town makes a nearly half million dollar investment in their community.
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you for a tour through Napoleon's New Fire and Ambulance Hall.

First Responders can't be late.
(Marvin Lang / Fire Chief) "We used to crank the trucks when I started. We had a 1928 model A ford and we had a 49 Studebaker and sometimes they wouldn't start so you would have to crank them. We've come a long, long ways.
When the call comes in at Napoleon 38 volunteer fire fighters and more than 20 EMTs and First Responders have a new Emergency Services building to house their emergency gear.
(Steve Fettig / Fire and Ambulance Chairman) " We had equipment that was setting out in three different portions of the building, we decided it was time to tear down the old one and to come up with a combined building where we had enough space to adequately store all the equipment as far as ambulances and fire trucks."
This 7200 square foot facility houses 7 fire trucks, 2 ambulances, meeting and laundry rooms and an office.
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "The fire hall is even complete with a living quarters above the ambulance area. Any first responder that may need to spend the night in Napoleon now has the option."
Both luxuries and necessities a fire chief of 45 years isn't used to having.
(Marvin Lang / Fire Chief) "We've always wanted it, but I didn't think I would ever see it though." 
(Marvin Lang / Fire Chief) "To store them you had to have 2-3 people to back one of them in. There was no space, make sure you didn't hit one of the walls or back into the furnace." 
Fettig says the ambulance department had been saving money for years to buy a new rig.
But a generous donor answered the call.
Those dollars that had been put away are now helping pay for the roughly $415,000 dollar building.
Funding is also coming from grants, loans and other donations.
(Steve Fettig / Fire and Ambulance Chairman) "There's a strong enthusiasm on the fire side for helping out the community. and also on the ambulance side we have some really young people who have stepped up to help out and become EMT's and first Responders to keep the community in good standing with our emergency services."
An important investment in a growing community.

The 6 month construction project was completed in January.
The department will be hosting an open house for the public in May.

 

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