Gordon Fire Dept. moves forward after blaze claims fire hall

By KBJR News 1

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM CDT

Gordon, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- The Gordon Fire Department is now the proud owner of three brand new fire trucks; two of which they have already started using.

"It's nice knowing we have our own equipment again," said Gordon Town Supervisor, Courtney Rose, who is also the Captain of the fire department.

A fire in September 2013 claimed all of the department's fire trucks and the hall they were stored in.

Officials never determined the cause of the fire that took all of their equipment and ruled it an accident.

They lost six trucks in the blaze and have borrowed trucks from Grantsburg and Jackson fire departments.

"We had an engine and a tender from different departments that we were using, and that's basically what we had. Then we would rely on mutual aide if we had a structure fire," said Gordon Fire Chief, Mike Chmielecki.

Two of the trucks are being stored in one of the highway department's buildings and the third is still with the manufacturer, Custom Fire, in Osceola, Wis.

The truck will stay there until the department finds the space to store it.
Officials say they will order three more trucks once the new fire hall is built.

"The biggest thing right now is the building its self and we have actually signed a contract for the building to get started," said Rose.

The new fire hall is earmarked at $900,000 and will have a little more space. The building will be 65 feet long and 140 feet wide.

"We'll have a separate training, meeting, and office area," said Chmielecki.

Construction was scheduled to start April 1, but the project was delayed due to the weather.

Officials hope to start construction on the new fire hall in the next couple of weeks.

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