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Fire Hall Discussions Continue

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 at 6:39 am

The Pine City Fire Hall’s future remains in limbo, but one thing is for certain, something needs to be done.

On Tuesday, a group of a dozen met at the current fire hall to discuss the issue. The group included members of the fire department, city staff, and residents. City Administrator Don Howard led the meeting and focused on how to present the plans to the tax payers.

The fire hall is over thirty years old. Members of Tuesday group discussed ideas like possibly moving the hall to the old county courthouse or old denny hecker auto mall. Both were met with concerns including availability and location. One concern with the old Denny Hecker building is that the needed amounts of water are not accessible at that location and that it is so close to the High School, responding to a fire in the afternoon would be delayed due to the heavy amounts of traffic.

The group also discussed the need for an on-site training facility. They said that when a fire call comes in and the department is training, the equipment is at the training sight. To be the most efficient, they agreed that it is important to have everything at one sight.

Discussions continued on whether or not to provide a spot for ambulances.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 9th at 5 p.m. Engineers will be on hand to discuss preliminary layouts.

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