The George (IA) Fire Department and George Emergency Medical Services now have more room to grow following a 30-by-50-foot expansion on the southeast corner of the Fire & Rescue station, reports nwestiowa.com.
The construction, which wrapped in November, added two apparatus bays, equipment space, and a training area; it cost $160,000 and was funded in part by a 2019 $59,000 grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation. A donation to the city from the Heeren estate in 2018 covered the rest.
There are 25 people on the fire department and 15 with the EMS. Before the addition, there was barely room to pass between vehicles except in single file, officials say.
The station was built in 1994 when the two departments outgrew their previous location on Main Street at what is now the George Community Center. Before the addition, the building was 60-by-80 feet and had four apparatus bays, a conference room, kitchen, laundry room, and showers.