WARSAW — Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory held its open house today, Oct. 20, for its newest fire station.
Station 3, located at 620 W. CR 200S, Warsaw, has been operational since mid-September and is manned 24 hours a day. The new station houses a Lutheran EMS ambulance and is also near Warsaw Community Church and Eisenhower Elementary School.
During the open house, hundreds of attendees toured the new facility. The station has a bunk room, officer quarters, kitchen, laundry area and exercise room. There are three bays in the station for the Fire Territory’s emergency vehicles.
A ceremony for the new station was held at noon, starting with the presenting of the colors by the Indiana State Police Honor Guard and singing of the National Anthem by Brad Kellar.
After a prayer by Layne Sumner, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer made an opening statement for the ceremony.
“We are celebrating a new era for the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory,” said Thallemer. “This community is very dedicated to safety, and this new station is in a very important location in our community.”
Thallemer discussed the necessity of the new station and shortness of response times for medical runs with the addition of an ambulance to Station 3. He also thanked the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory Board, Chamber of Commerce, and the Warsaw Common Council for their support and help throughout the project.
Rob Parker, president and CEO for the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, also spoke during the ceremony.
“This building represents our community,” said Parker. “And it represents our community’s focus on welfare.”
Fire Chief Mike Wilson and Battalion Chief Rob Barker thanked everyone in the community for their support with the construction of the building. Lutheran EMS Director Scott Sigerfoos also spoke at the ceremony and thanked those present for their collaborative efforts.
“This project was all of us working together,” said Sigerfoos. “Building this allowed us to learn, grow, and work together.”
Wilson then thanked Wayne Township Trustee Sheila Burner for all her help and support through the construction of Station 3.
“It’s a gorgeous building and I love it,” said Burner.
In lieu of a ribbon cutting ceremony, a hose uncoupling ended the ceremony, with Burner doing the honors of uncoupling the hoses.