Sunday morning community members, gathered in front of the new St. Anthony Fire Station to join in celebration with the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department as they were recognized by the 18th district.
The new fire station cost, was at an estimate of $380,000. Half which was money saved from events such as the popular St. Anthony Street Fest and the other half on a bank loan from Old National Bank who also provided a fireman statue to congratulate the new station. Fire Chief Scott Uebelhor, describes the new station and being honored with the 18th District’s recognition.
He states that this was a great day to have the community meet and greet the fire department members and observe the communities fire equipment as he indicates that the investment of private and general donors makes a difference in the function of the station.
The department had equipment displayed with the amount it costs to show where the funds are being placed as it can cost up to $2,500 for basic gear for only one firefighter.
The previous station established back on September 4th, 1963 only has 2 garage bays. Fire Chief Uebelhor explains that as the volunteer firefighters grow in numbers there was a need for space and better access to facilities to do training. He has been the St. Anthony Fire Chief for 11 years and first joined the fire department in 1984. He declares that he enjoys being in service for the community and appreciates what the community does for the station.
Fire Chief Uebelhor elaborates on why it was significant for him to join the St. Anthony Fire Department.
Currently, there are 29 firefighters who are all 1st responders, who respond to medical runs. Fire Chief Uebelhor states that the public depends on the fire station just as much as the department depends on the public as they are on call 24 hours a day. The St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Dept. makes an estimate of 75 runs a year.
To make a donation to the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department you can contact Fire Chief Scott Uebelhor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the station’s number at 812.326.2208.