“Reinforce the force,” Jesup fire department moves from cramped space to new facility

An emergency services facility in an eastern Iowa town is moving from a cramped station.

For nearly a year, the "reinforce the force" motto rallied people in Jesup,as they worked to promote the revitalization of emergency services in town. 

Jesup City Council Member Dawn Vogel was one of the "main dogs" when it came to creating a new facility for ambulance and fire department personnel.

She says, "It was something I wanted to do. This was an amazing project. It was fun getting it off the ground and watching it come to fruition."

Cardinal Construction in Waterloo was awarded a $1.2 million contract to help makeover the over 60-year-old fire station, which was built in 1953. 

"The fire department can actually walk around their fire trucks now. Before they had to pull a fire truck out in order to get into the other truck," Vogel says. 

With the technology of medical and fire equipment becoming more efficient, it can also lead to an increase in size. Federal and state regulations required the Jesup Fire Department to purchase equipment that was just too big.

"With the old fire station, it was hard to walk sideways in it. It was just too compact, and you had about two inch clearance on each side," says Nyle McMartin, Jesup fire advisory board chairman. 

The new facility houses ambulance and fire departments under one roof. This results in the possibility of  both departments exchanging skill sets. Some members are working on cross-training. 

Other additions included doubling the size of the meeting rooms and kitchen space.

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