According to a report from WBAY, the Suamico (WI) Fire Department (SFD) has cut the ribbon on its new $6 million fire station, a plan that had taken years to complete.
The SFD hosted the private opening on Sunday afternoon, cutting the ribbon at their new $6 million dollar building, which took 10 months to complete.
Suamico Administrator Alex Kaker said that SFD’s previous station, Fire Station 1, was about 60 years old and just 5,000 square feet, which was too small to accommodate the larger fire trucks and increased firefighting technology.
The new station is 23,000 square feet and features hands-free technology, an air vac garage, and a decontamination zone. SFD Chief Joe Bertler says that the decon hallway aids in a sanitizing process that will decrease firefighters’ risk of getting cancer. He added that firefighters will put their gear in the gear washer and dryer, go into the decontamination and steam showers, wash their personal clothes, and change into an extra set of clothes they brought.
Officials said there are still a few small details to iron out, but they will host a public open house later in the summer after most people have been vaccinated from COVID-19.