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November 10, 2012

Officials dedicate new Wayne Township Fire Station

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INDIANAPOLIS —

Firefighters and medics moved into their new work home on Sept. 29.

"They definitely appreciate this compared to the little house, which they called the frat house," Konzen said.

Pruitt says the new station is "more designed for the modern-day firefighter and the atmosphere he works in."

It used to be that they'd sleep in something like a barracks. Once more women became firefighters, everyone started getting their own rooms, though in the former station those were only separated by dividers. The new facility is much like a dorm, with a communal gym, kitchen, and TV room.

Konzen also notes that in the past when an alarm sounded it would wake the whole station. The new facility is programmed to only alert specific units.

"We've found health-wise that that shock of waking up that many times in the night is bad," Konzen said. "If you actually do get a call and burn off that adrenaline, that's good. But if it's just waking you up and now you've got to try to fall back asleep, it really messes you up."

Konzen's proud the fire department was able to budget for this new facility, despite battling with some legislators who didn't understand why they were doing what they were.

"A lot of times you have to raise taxes or buy a bond for something like this," he said. "This is what we figured was the best way to go."

Pruitt isn't concerned that firefighters stationed elsewhere will be envious of the new digs.

"One of the things that comes with building a new firehouse is that you have to keep it looking nice for a long time," he said. "So I don't think they'll be jealous on that side of it."

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