When a fire occurs in your home or business the impact and loss can be devastating, rebuilding can take months or years to replace what has been destroyed. When you report a fire the fire department arrives and begins to stabilize the incident. What happens when the fire is in the fire station? The resulting loss from fire not only impacts the firefighters but this can be a tremendous loss for the entire community. Now their emergency responders and fire protection services are compromised.
This is exactly what Gordon, Wisconsin is experiencing now after a fire destroyed their station and equipment on September 19. Only a few exterior walls now stand of the same building that was used as the command center for several firefighting agencies and hundreds of firefighters earlier this year during the large Germann Road Fire.
It was reported that a new addition had been added to the structure but that the entire building was up to code, so the cause of the fire, while still under investigation, shouldn't be an electrical code or fire and life safety code violation. Having building plans reviewed and applying for the proper permits can prevent those possibilities, it does not rule out fire for other reasons, such as the Gordon Fire Hall.
The area will still have fire protection but the services will be coming from neighboring communities at an increased response time. The department and community leaders are working to find new and temporary replacement equipment but the shock from this fire will be felt for years to come.
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Alex is a volunteer firefighter in Evansville, Indiana and a full-time firefighter in Providence, Kentucky. You can follow him on Twitter @FireSafetyAZ