Barneston Has a New Fire Hall

BEATRICE – After breaking ground last June, the Barneston Rural Fire Protection District’s members have moved into a new fire hall.

It replaces a cramped former fuel station the southeastern Gage County district had long been using.

:20                  “at today”

Barneston Fire Board member Mark Hroch says the days of storing fire vehicles outside, are over.

:18                  “rewarding feeling”

The project was built through a combination of bank financing, private contributions and foundation support.  The Barneston District serves both the Barneston and Liberty areas, with five trucks…a pumper, a water tender and three grass rigs.  One of the vehicles has been housed in nearby Liberty.  Hroch says Barneston is a small district from a population standpoint but covers a sizable land area.

:09                  “may happen”

The Barneston Fire District has about fifteen firefighters, a group Hroch says are very active in fighting fires and keeping fire vehicles and equipment well maintained.

He says the district is planning to hold an upcoming event to show its appreciation to residents of the area for their continued support of the new fire hall project.

Hroch says the new headquarters has enough space to host local government meetings and community functions.

:07                  “meet here, also”

The new structure, with four bay doors to the south and one to the east….is over six-thousand square feet.

Hroch says the department has seen its first fire call paged from the new quarters.

:03                  “in town here”   (small chimney fire in Barneston)

The new Barneston Rural Fire District Department is the culmination of an idea that began over ten years ago.

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