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New fire station nears completionSubmitted: 01/23/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson


MERRILL - Merrill firefighters will soon call a new facility home.

Construction on the new fire station is almost complete.

The building will be ready January 31st.

The fire department will move in the following week.

The department is looking forward to the move.

The old fire station was built in 1915.

It had plumbing and electrical issues.

"To expect the people who take care of our lives and property, these are our
firemen and paramedics, to have them live in a less than adequate situation, it
was asking a bit much of them," said City of Merrill Administrator Dave Johnson.

The new, state-of-the-art fire station cost $3.5 million.

It will also house new equipment.

"A local foundation donated 2 new fire trucks because they thought that we
should have nice, shiny, new equipment up to date to go into our nice, shiny,
new fire station," said Johnson.

The fire department will host a dedication ceremony on February 6th.

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