Community sees finished Emergency Services Center at Grand Opening

After two long years of planning and constructing, the New England Rural Fire Departement and New England Ambulance finally got the grand opening they wanted.

A view of the front of the brand-new building that will house the fire and ambulance services. The New Englnad Emergency Services building held its grand opening on Oct. 18, culminating over two years of planning and constructing.
A view of the front of the brand-new building that will house the fire and ambulance services. The New Englnad Emergency Services building held its grand opening on Oct. 18, culminating over two years of planning and constructing.

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

After two long years of planning and constructing, the New England Rural Fire Departement and New England Ambulance finally got the grand opening they wanted.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, members of the community and surrounding area gathered to christen the brand new facility.

Initial plans to remodel and add an addition to the old building has turned into a state-of-the-art facility that should benefit not only New England, but the area the fire department and ambulance services cover.

The land where the new facility sits was donated by New England residents Kent and Angie Maershbecker.

The new facility is going to allow for both entities to run more efficiently. As it stood, the old building was cramped and out of date. Volunteers and employees of the ambulance service previously had to bring laundry home out of necessity. The vehicles were forced to be parked awkwardly and the building itself was aging.

After doing some research, it was quickly realized that remodeling just wasn’t cost efficient. So plans began on a new building.

The New England Emergency Services Center has a two-door ambulance bay with one office space. On the side housing the fire department there is a truck bay featuring six doors and an area to hold all the gear necessary for fire fighting.

The facility also has two washing machines so each organization can wash materials separately.

The services center also has two sleeping rooms and showers for those that need to be on a 24-hour shift. The building also has a complete kitchen and a common area for workers and volunteers to convene together.

In the front of the building and between both garage bays the planners put in a conference area. It is is equipped for todays technology. Not only does it have a large screen television set, but it’s equipped with outlets and internet hook ups throughout the room.

While being convenient for the employees and volunteers, it will also allow the center to be a site for future training and continuing education sessions.

The grand opening featured tours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m with time to socialize the hour following. Starting at 6 p.m. a free-will offering meal was served, featuring the barbecue pork cooking of Brad Rustan.

To cap off the evening, a celebratory dance was held in the fire truck bay.

Between the donations, fundraising, planning and constructing, the New England Emergency Services Center is finally up and running.

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