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Forest Volunteer Fire Department debuts new facility

Forest Volunteer Fire Department in Clinton County has a new facility. Two years after a devastating tornado destroyed their old facility, they're now ready for the public to see the finished product.

Posted: May 18, 2019 6:26 PM
Updated: May 18, 2019 11:44 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Forest Volunteer Fire Department in Clinton County is up and running with a new facility.

“It’s something new something nice, new equipment,” said Assistant Chief of the Forest Fire Department Mike Tate.

The previous building was destroyed by a tornado two years ago. Even after the damage, firefighters were optimistic.

“I mean it was a good thing and a bad thing,” said Tate. “You hate to see it happen that way but we’re glad it kind of happened that we got a new station.”

In 2017 the department was awarded $500,000 by the Office of Community Rural Affairs. Clinton County matched that with $250,000 to help build the new building, with a few upgrades.

The old Forest Volunteer Fire Department was only about 2200 square feet. The department behind me is double that at 4600 square feet and includes things they didn’t have before like bathrooms, offices and a bigger bay area for their fire trucks. Things firefighters say they should have had before.

“This is awesome,” said volunteer firefighter Brent Pogue.

Volunteer firefighter Brent Pogue has been a volunteer firefighter for fifteen years. He says this is a great step forward for the department.

It’ll bring the community together more hopefully we can do some more community events and have things like that,” said Pogue.

“Because we’ve got the facility now we can do things like this which we’ve really been able to do.”

Nearly four hundred community members were in attendance to support the opening of the new Forest Volunteer Fire Department. And firefighters want residents to always remember:

“The volunteers have got them covered if they need us to call us,” said Tate.

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