THORNVILLE – It’s been a long time coming.
Thornville Fire Chief Duane Moore said he’s heard talk of building a new Thornville/Thorn Township Fire Station since he first joined the department roughly a dozen years ago. Finally, a new 9,380 square feet, $910,000 fire station officially opened Sunday afternoon. Sunny skies and a large crowd graced the ribbon cutting ceremony. The new building will relieve the cramped quarters of the former station in downtown Thornville with plenty of room for the department’s two squads, two rescues, grass truck, tanker truck, and up to 61 members.
“We’ll have lots more room,” said Moore after the ceremony. All the fire trucks will fit into the station – they had to be garaged in separate buildings previously, there’s more room for training and Moore said it has facilities for an eventual part-time staff. The department currently has 23 volunteer staff members, although Moore hopes to hire part-time employees within six months, possibly. He said it’s hard to hire permanent staff because the emergency runs are so uneveneither there are no runs in a day or several. The frequency of runs is rarely consistent.
Mike Tolliver, Sr. hosted the ribbon cutting, which included several guest speakers including Pastor Doug Lynn of South Shore Ministries and the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office recognized Moore. Ribbon cutting visitors enjoyed a large luncheon that firefighters Elaine Moore, Holly Holdcroft, Tammy Sands, Kelly Tolliver, Joyce May, and Jennifer Rusler prepared. Subway Sandwich Shop and community volunteers also donated time and food to the luncheon.
The ceremony included a visit from a MedFlight helicopter, which was there on display, not to fly anyone to a hospital.