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Meridian Twp. Shuts Down Deteriorating Fire Station

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MERIDIAN TWP., Mich. (WLNS) - Officials have made the decision to permanently close the Central Fire Station due to deterioration and for the safety of firefighters.

"We'll still remember this place and we are going to have a lot of good stories from working here, but in the same token it's a new chapter in Meridian Township and Meridan's fire history," said Bill Priese, EMS Training Chief, Meridian Township Fire Department.

Township officials say the 57-year-old building is a health and safety hazard for firefighters. It suffered from leaking pipes, falling ceiling tiles, water damage, flooding and mold in some parts. Essential equipment, such as ambulances and the fire engine have been removed from the building to avoid further damage.

Meridian Township firefighters will be split up between two the north and south fire stations. Because there will be one less fire station means response times are going to be delayed, by at least 3 minutes. The township plans on finding a makeshift station to have at least one ambulance and perhaps one fire truck parked there until the new station opens.

"It is going to take us a little bit longer, but we're gonna do everything we can to locate something so we can keep our response times where we want them at," said Priese.

Township Manager Frank Walsh commented that closing this station wouldn't speed up the building process for the one voters approved in November 2012.

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