Posted: 3:17 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Deerfield firefighters to get new home

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Deerfield Twp. firefighters Ty Zimmerman, Brad Crowthers and Andy Burwinkel hang out in the kitchen area of Station 57.
Deerfield firefighters to get new home photo
Deerfield Twp.’s new fire station is expected to cost about $4.5 million. After it is built, the old station will be demolished for a new public works facility.
Deerfield firefighters to get new home photo
Deerfield Twp. is building a new fire station to replace Station 57 on Townsley Road. The station is expected to cost about $4.5 million.

By Denise G. Callahan

Staff Writer


Deerfield Twp. firefighters will have a new $5 million home after spending years in a firehouse on Townsley Road.

Township trustees have agreed to build a new firehouse on Montgomery Road just south of Station 57, that will also serve as the new command post. After the station is operational next summer, the old station will be relegated to rubble and the township plans to build a public works building on the site. The total bill for both projects is expected to be $8 million to $9 million, according to Township Administrator Bill Becker.

The township is using a new construction program recently approved by the state called design-build. Warren County is the first county to use the same vehicle to construct an office building on the government campus in Lebanon. Township Public Works Director Eric Reiners said it streamlines the process, eliminates the bidding process and puts one person in charge of the project.

“A fire station is very particular, it’s very detail oriented,” Reiners said. “We wanted to go through the whole process with the design team and design-build enables us to do that.”

The 19,000-square-foot firehouse will have a masonry face that looks like brick, a metal roof and other amenities so it will fit in with its residential neighbors. There will be four truck bays, an internal training tower, kitchen facilities, a small fitness center, a day room and bedrooms. Reiners said construction should start in about one month.

Battalion Chief Mark Miller recently walked through Station 57 — built in 1973 when it was a volunteer fire company — pointing out the cramped storage spaces and the ambulance that has to be parked outside during the day because there is no room in the garage. The ambulance is locked up during the night at the former Warren County sheriff’s post next door at night. And a tiny bathroom that is shared by the entire crew.

Perhaps its worst feature is the bedroom where five beds are crammed with mattresses touching each other.

“We’ve stretched this building to its capacity,” he said. “We’ve definitely been frugal with our money and tried not to throw money into a building we know we’ve outgrown.”

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