New fire station to open in July
“We’ll be able to store everything we have in one spot, finally,” said Thorn Township Trustee Dale Factor.
The new 9,380 square feet building will relieve the cramped quarters of the existing building with plenty of room for the department’s two squads, two rescues, grass truck, tanker truck, and plenty of personnel.
Factor said the new station costs approximately $850,000 and WDC Group of Springfield, Ohio is building it. WDC Group specializes in fire stations. The company’s other fire department projects include the City of Washington Courthouse safety building, the Hillsboro Fire and Police Station, and the Sugarcreek Township Fire Station among many other projects. WDC Group also designs and constructs government, education, wellness, industrial, commercial, and residential structures.
Factor said the Thornville/ Thorn Township Fire Department is still all-volunteer, but he expects the new station will allow the township to add paid personnel slowly. He said the toughest time for volunteers to make runs is during the day when many of them are at work. Factor said the station would likely add two paid personnel to work during the day and rely solely on the volunteers by night. “We’re going to start out slow,” he said, and maybe add more paid personnel another day.The old station is a concern, as it’s right in downtown Thornville and is soon to be vacant. “Hopefully, we can liquidate it,” said Factor. There are currently no plans for the former fire department building beyond selling it.
WDC Group Project Manager Jason Funderberg said the new station has a 61-employee capacity.