Merrill Fire Department Breaks Ground on New StationSubmitted: 04/22/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

MERRILL - Moving can be difficult and emotional, but for a local fire department, it's all smiles as they prepare to move for the first time in decades. Today, the Merrill Fire Department broke ground on their new home. Their new station will be built on the corner of Pier and Second Streets.

"It's going to bring some advantages to us because we have the two main drags right here in town so we'll be able to go east and west right out of the fire station," says Dave Savone, Merrill Fire Chief.

This will be a big upgrade from their current station which was built in the 1960's. The new building will be home to both the fire department and EMS.

"Both the fire service and the EMS for the southern half of the county. So both operations will be running out of this building. So we'll be running three ambulances, two fire engines, a tender and a ladder truck," said Dave Savone.

Plans for the new station have been about a year in the making. The Fire Chief said all 23 of his men are excited for the move.

"It's an exciting day. You know, the Merrill Fire Department has been around for 125 years. This is a big step into the 21st century with our fire department and the men are looking forward to this new step in our new tradition," says Dave Savone.

The project will be finished by January 31st of 2014. The project cost less than their 3-million-dollar budget.

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