New station for Brussels Union Gardner Fire Department
The Brussels Union Gardner Fire Department unveils its new station.
“It's such a fantastic feeling for the fire fighters and our community. I mean without the community support and all the people who work on the boards, this never would have been possible,” says Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wautier.
That same community support filled the B.U.G. fire station Sunday afternoon, when the department christened its brand new Fire Station One.
“It allows us the ability to grow as our community grows, as our call volumes grow, as our emergency incidents grow. It just gives us so much more opportunity,” says Chief Curt Vandertie.
It was obvious the old building had some hiccups: “We couldn't even open our doors wide open in the other station, our trucks were so tight in there,” Assistant Chief Wautier says.
The department had been at the previous station for about 50 years, and it was causing some safety concerns.
“The ability that we can come in here and know that we're not breathing in vehicle exhaust fumes, that we can sit somewhere without sitting on a chair that's covered in black soot,” Chief Vandertie says of the new station.
Fire Station One got backing from across Door County, with two referendums, and support from Brussels, Union and Gardner.
At just $84 taxpayer dollars per year, for the next 20 years, the $100,000 facility was created.
It boasts more room for emergency vehicles and training space for future emergency responders.
“They signed a contract to be here for 50 years, so our community is set for a long time,” Assistant Chief Wautier says.