October 02, 2009

Wonderful news this week for the residents of Menaha as FEMA announced the award of a $1.2 million station grant to Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue. This grant will allow the relocation of the Airport Road fire station to the corner of Manitowoc Road & Province Terrace which was in the works since 2004. Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue was the only Wisconsin fire department to receive funding of the 104 grants announced today.

The Airport Road station, built in 1963, has served the community well; however, it has long surpassed its life expectancy. It has numerous deferred maintenance issues, lacks ADA compliant facilities, and is not energy efficient. Most importantly, as the city has grown, the station is no longer in the right location to provide equalized response times for the entire community.

The new station will continue the city’s efforts to become more energy efficient with a LEED-Silver designation. Plans include solar hot water heating as one component of the energy efficiency package for the building.

Most importantly the relocation will significantly improve emergency crews’ response times to the city’s eastside growth area. The relocated station should place the majority of calls in the four minute or less response time category which is standard for full time departments.

Thanks to Dan Schultz and Chief VanderWyst, our community will be safer for years to come.
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