Forest City Breaks Ground On Emergency Services Center (Audio)

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The City of Forest City is one step closer to its dream of an Emergency Services Center. At 5:30pm Tuesday night, city officials, the Fire Department, and the Ambulatory Department all came together to break ground on the $2 million plus facility which will be on the corner of J Street and 69 Highway in Forest City. Everyone agreed that the facility is much needed for the city and surrounding areas. Those in attendance were dignitaries such as former Councilmember Suzanne Murphy who came back to town to be a part of the event.

 

Former Councilmember Suzanne Murphy address the crowd. Mayor Rick Skjeie  (light blue shirt) looks on.

Former Councilmember Suzanne Murphy address the crowd. Mayor Rick Skjeie (light blue shirt) looks on.

 

Murphy was very excited to be a part of the culmination of all the planning and financing on the new facility.

She sees the facility as an integral part of the community.

Construction on the facility will begin immediately, just as planners had hoped. The idea was to get the construction underway in July so that it would be ready by late fall.

Firefighters and ambulatory crews look on as the ground is broken.

Firefighters and ambulatory crews look on as the ground is broken.

Forest City Mayor Rick Skjeie was also elated to have the project now go forward beyond the drawing board.

Like many of the planners, the fire department, and the ambulatory services, Mayor Skjeie felt that the facility is evidence of continued growth for the city through constant planning and hard work by everyone.

The facility will have a Fire Chief Office, Fire Meeting Room, living quarters with a kitchen, six bays for fire department trucks, a Paramedic office, an Ambulance Director office, paramedical cleaning room, four bays for ambulances, and plenty of storage for all departments. It will face 69 Highway with Ambulatory Services on the north end and Fire Department Services on the south end.

The dirt is moved to begin construction on the facility.

The dirt is moved to begin construction on the facility.

With the first dirt moved, the construction can now begin as emergency service personnel look on.

With the first dirt moved, the construction can now begin as emergency service personnel look on.

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