The Spooner Fire District (a consortium of 12 municipalities sharing cost and equipment) is planning for the construction of both a new vehicle fire station building and a separate administration/meeting building in the city of Spooner.
Due to the increased size of apparatus, number of apparatus and that the Fire District serves 12 municipalities (city of Spooner and 11 townships: part of Bashaw, part of Beaver Brook and all of Casey, Crystal, Evergreen, Gull Lake, Madge, Spooner, Trego, Springbrook, and Rusk in Burnett County), they have outgrown their current firehouse.
The current firehouse was constructed in 1905 with additions constructed in 1980 and 1991. In 2002, the Fire District came to the decision it needed a larger building as there was little room in the current building for the existing apparatus. Due to the previous additions to the building, they were out of land to build on.
They started the process of planning for a larger firehouse as well as finding a new piece of land that would accommodate current and future storage and firefighting needs. In 2007, they bought an approximate 4.5-acre piece of land located between Highway 63 and Front Street in the northern part of the city of Spooner, a few blocks away from the current firehouse.
The proposed project is late in the planning stages. The tentative schedule is to issue advertisement for bids in the spring of 2013 with construction beginning in the spring or early summer of 2013.
Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1819.