Emergency Services Center nears completion

When a problem arises, usually a solution follows, that is exactly what happened when New England decided to renovate its firehouse.

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The Emergency Services Center in New England is getting closer to completion


Posted April 4, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

When a problem arises, usually a solution follows.

That is exactly what happened when New England decided to renovate its firehouse.

Two years ago, a project was envisioned to build an addition to the current structure. But it quickly became obvious that simple renovations just weren’t going to be suitable enough.

Ground had not yet been broken on a new addition before it was deiced that a new structure was a better idea.

“It originally started about two years ago as an addition to our old fire hall, but after that didn’t look like it was going to be feasible, we decided to build a new one,” Twig Zahn said. Zahn is a member of Rural Fire Directors, the group heading the project.

In conjunction with the ambulance service, a new, larger location has been developing and is close to the finish line. The new building will house equipment for both services, and the convenience of extra space will allow both organizations to function more efficiently.

“It is actually going to be called the Emergency Services Center, because it is going to house fire and ambulance,” Zahn said. The ambulance covers 700 square miles while the fire department covers 600 square miles, so with the distances being as large as they are, functioning more efficiently can save time which is pertinent when being called to an emergency.

Kent and Angie Maershbecker donated the land that the new structure stands on and funds were acquired by grants awarded to the organization. Among various grants, including North Dakota Energy Impact Grant, donations have been received.

Though the weather has played a factor in some slight delays, the project is nearing completion.

“We’re maybe a week behind schedule,” Zahn said.

Nearly two years after the thought was first discussed, the project is set to be complete May 1 of this year.

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