MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) - Construction on Merrill's new fire station is coming along nicely, and fire crews could be moving in by the end of the year.
Merrill fire captain Mike Drury says they're hoping to have Christmas dinner inside their new home. "The frame's up as everyone can see. We've been going in and out kinda measuring for classroom kind of stuff and getting our ducks in the row so we can move stuff from this building to that building and get it all set up for us to move in."
The new station will be a consolidation of the older two stations. Drury says they'll have much more room. "It'll be bigger, taller, wider, so we'll have more room between the vehicles. Currently at the station we're at now, we've got stuff piled up between the trucks, so it's a safety issue, so we won't have to deal with that anymore."
Drury says they'll also be working with some new equipment once they move in. "We got a huge grant from the Beirman Foundation for new vehicles and new equipment, so not only will we be moving into a new station, but shortly after we'll be bringing in new equipment too, so we thank them very much for that."
The new site at is at 110 South Pier Street and replaces the old Fire Station #1. That building was originally constructed in 1915, and was meant to house horse drawn fire carriages.