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Ramsey VFD gets station in Blue River Twp.

Ramsey VFD gets station in Blue River Twp.
Ramsey VFD gets station in Blue River Twp.
Members of the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept. mill about the bay of the new station, built in Blue River Township, during an open house Dec. 11. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

The Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept. recently added a new station to its options following the completion of a 3,600-square-foot structure in Blue River Township.
Michael Beyerle, the Blue River Township trustee, was instrumental in getting the station built.
‘The No. 1 reason the station was built is to provide quicker emergency response times to Blue River Township and the entire community,’ Beyerle said. ‘This puts emergency equipment en route to emergency scenes quicker than before.
‘Secondly, this station will reduce premiums paid for homeowners insurance because most homeowners will now be within five miles of a fire station,’ he said. ‘This building also provides a potential voting facility for Blue River Township.’
Since Nov. 12, when the structure was completed and occupied by the fire department, Ramsey firefighters have responded to 11 emergency calls from the station.
The firehouse, constructed by Latco/Selby House Inc., located in Sellersburg, has three bays, a community room with a kitchen and a rest room. John Hawkins, of Kovert Hawkins Architects, was the architect.
Beyerle said the total construction costs approximately $348,000.
‘Interior finishings costs, such as tables, chairs, storage cabinets, small office furniture, kitchen supplies, fire department tools, etc. is $6,000,’ he said. ‘There are still a few items that will be done in the near future to totally complete the project. The most notable is site-finish work to be completed in the spring of 2017.’
Harrison County government provided $150,000 toward the project.
‘I think it is important to note that this structure was built to last a lifetime,’ Beyerle said. ‘Much thought was put into the design so to build a very strong and practical building that will last a lifetime while not overspending on anything not necessary.’
Ramsey VFD also has stations in Ramsey, New Salisbury and Frenchtown.
The public was invited to an open house at the Blue River firehouse, located at 3542 Totten Ford Road NW, on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11.
During that time, 10-year pins were given to Curtis Brown, Travis Herthel, Casey Houser, Roger Preston Lane Reid, Steve Whittaker, Trevor Whittaker, Ned Wiseman and Chris Woertz. Vicki Lemmel was honored with a pin for her 25 years of service with the department.
Woertz, who is the current fire chief, accepted a clock to be hung in the new station.