Volunteer firefighters get new truck, hall

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP – Escanaba Township firefighters welcomed a new 3,000-gallon tanker/pumper to its new firehall located west of Gladstone on Wednesday.

In a cooperative partnership, the city of Gladstone offered land on the North Bluff to Escanaba Township to build a firehall. A Hannahville 2 Percent Grant and the Besse Foundation paid for the new facility, which is called the John D. Besse Firehall.

The new building and the new truck will serve residents in both Escanaba Township and the nearby surrounding area in Gladstone, explained Firefighter Steve Belongie. The vehicle will also be available for mutual aid.

In addition to the fire truck bringing greater fire protection, the service area will also have access to Jaws of Life equipment once firefighters are trained and certified to use the apparatus, said Belongie.

The new fire vehicle, manufactured by CSI of Grayling, was funded through township funds and cost $330,000 equipped.

The public is invited to view the new truck and the new firehall during an open house scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

The township’s No. 2 firehall is located north of Fernwood Cemetery on 29th Street, north of County Road 420 21st Road and south of Westridge Drive.

Escanaba Township’s Station No. 1, located in Flat Rock,, houses two tanker fire trucks, a pumper truck and a grass firefighting vehicle.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net