Union Township Fire Station 49 was rededicated July 9 after a renovation that will result in shorter responses, said Chief Stan Deimling.
The renovation was originally begun to heighten the roof to accommodate an aerial truck, and ended up with the construction of a new roof, expansion of bay areas, and some interior work.
Deimling said that the addition of more interior doors will lead to shorter response times because, no matter where firefighters are in the building, they will always be within 10 steps of a door leading to the bays.
"That translates to shorter response times and quicker service to people wee're trying to save," Deimling said.
The project kicked off in late 2017 and modernized the building that was originally built in 1956, lost to an explosion in December of that year, and rebuilt in 1957.
Station 49 has served the northern part of Union Township since that time, accounting for 32 percent all township fire and emergency service runs in 2017.
Cutting the ribbon are, from left to right:
Ohio State Representative John Becker; Union Township Trustee John McGraw; Fire Chief Stanley G. Deimling, Union Township Chairman of the Board Robert McGee; and Union Township Firefighter/paramedic Franco Delzotti, member of the Cincinnati Emerald Society Police and Fire Pipes and Drums and president of Union Township Professional Firefighters Local 3412.