BAZETTA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Bazetta firefighters started answering emergency calls out of the brand-new fire house this week, but residents shouldn’t notice much difference when it comes to service.
Located on State Route 5 near Mosquito Lake, the new Bazetta Fire Station replaced two older stations. It was built at a cost of $1.6 million, but the township didn’t have to raise taxes to do it.
Instead, the fire department spent the last five years saving money for the project.
Fire Chief Dennis Lewis said the new building should actually be a cost-savings for the department.
“There’s no way we can afford to man two fire stations, so we built on central fire station and reduced square footage tremendously. We have less living space, more bay space,” he said.
Township Trustee Paul Hovis said Chief Lewis has been watching his budget closely to make the project happen.
“The fire guys have also sacrificed quite a bit themselves to get this built,” he said.
The chief says the central location will actually improve fire service. The other two stations, now closed, were on opposite sides of the township.
“We will definitely save response times. I’m thinking up to two minutes,” he said. “There could be some areas where it will take longer, but I’m thinking on average, it will be reduced tremendously.”