MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, MI (WLNS) – Firefighters started the move in process Thursday at 7 a.m., and on Friday 6 News took an inside look into the new central fire station.
Out with the old and in with the new; Meridian Township Fire Chief Fred Cowper says he’s been waiting 17 years for a new fire house.
“When we looked at where we would put our central fire station we wanted it between the railroad tracks and we wanted it in an area where we could respond quicker to our residents,” Cowper said.
Many months after voters and board members approved the building; the calls are starting to come in.
“Perfect location and we went through extra efforts to ensure that this was a good neighborhood fire station,” Meridian Township Trustee Milton L. Scales said.
With new traffic lights to stop cars and limit the use of sirens in the neighborhood, Scales is proud of the work that led to the new station.
“I think it’s a beautiful example of great teamwork effort by our township,” Scales said.
It’s a big improvement from the previous building built in 1957.
“This station has separate sleeping areas, toilets, showers for male/female. We’re ADA compliant and we built this to green specs,” Cowper said.
The Chief says they were under budget, and were even able to bring administrative staff to the building, “so the fire chief can talk to the battalion chiefs, lieutenants, captains and the firefighters,” Cowper said.
It’s all beneficial for firefighters and more importantly, beneficial for residents.
“We’ll be able to take care of our seniors. We’ll be able to take care of our children and all the people in between,” Scales said.