Wea Township Fire Department receives approval for auxiliary building.

The Wea Township Fire Department is adding to its existing station.

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 12:44 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Wea Township Fire Department is adding to its existing station.

After a unanimous vote Wednesday night at the Board of Zoning Appeals, the department can start building.

The staff voiced concerns about the flood plains the property sits on, but Wea Fire Department Chief Deputy Steve Jachim said he has a mitigation plan in place in the case of a flood.

The mitigation plan allows all equipment to be moved to another location within an hour.

The new structure will be used for a records room, classrooms, a weight room and garage space.

It has been a work in progress since 2007 and Jachim hopes it can be used as a recruiting tool for volunteers.

"Recruiting and retaining volunteers is a challenge at times so we hope with this new facility and with the weight room in there and the classrooms we can have a better draw," said Jachim.

Construction will hopefully start in early October.

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