Ironton Fire Department welcomes community

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The building's name may be the Ironton Fire Station but the firefighters know it truly belongs to the residents.

The community will have the opportunity to see the station, located at 526 S. Fourth St., up-close and personal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The firefighters will provide tours, equipment demonstrations and more at the free public event. Mayor John Elam will speak at an opening ceremony at 9 a.m.

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"It is the (people's) building," said Fire Chief Tom Runyon. "We occupy the building and use it for their safety but we want to let them see what they bought."

The $1.9 million project will be paid for by the monthly fire fee that residents pay. It took more than a year to build the station. The department moved into the building in April.

The 10,600-square-foot, one-story building, located on the corner of Fourth and Jefferson streets where the former 100-year-old station was, will be able to accommodate as many as 30 firefighters.

The station features four vehicle bays and includes living spaces, a mezzanine, a fitness room, a training area, a hazardous materials decontamination room, community education room, offices and a three-story training tower.

Runyon hopes the residents come out for the open house but emphasized that this is only the beginning of department's increased presence within the community.

"We have already became certified as an outreach training facility for King's Daughters Medical Center," Runyon said. "We will be offering heart saver and CPR programs. We have a good many plans for the future."