Ground broken for larger, more modern Center Township Fire Station

Dirt flies during the groundbreaking.

Center Township Trustee Lisa Pierzakowski speaks.

A sign shows a rendering of the new station.

WNLP photos by Bob Wellinski; information provided by Rod Carringer

Ground was broken March 27, 2018, for a new Center Township Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station at 4504 W. Johnson Rd., rural Center Township, LaPorte.

Fire department life member and building committee Chairman Rod Carringer and committee members Doug Heller, Eric Haverstock, Evart Carpenter and Cary Schnick are proud to announce the groundbreaking.

The new 12,000-plus-square-foot complex, located on 8 acres, will replace the current facility at 305 W. Johnson Rd. and provide a modern and cost-effective solution to housing the township’s extensive fleet of emergency response vehicles and equipment.

Supported by a force of dedicated volunteers, Fire Chief Marc Christiano and corporation President Brandon Davie, through a yearlong strategic planning process, helped the building committee identify the key operational needs required to support the increasing demands placed on volunteer responders.

With expected completion in December 2018, DLZ Indiana LLC, the township’s architect and engineering partner, has developed a plan that provides township taxpayers with a long-term, cost effective solution that allows the volunteer fire department to grow over the coming years as new volunteers join the team and more fire equipment is added. LaPorte contractor Larson-Danielson Construction Co., through the competitive bidding process, won the nearly $2.4 million contract and expects site preparations to begin soon.

While the replacement of the 305 West Johnson facility had been contemplated and discussed for many years, it was the vision and commitment of Center Township Trustee Lisa Pierzakowski, supported by Advisory Board members Amy Burris, Scott Ford, and Eric Haverstock, that is making this project a reality. Balancing the requirements of the new station with future fire department needs, the mission has always been to provide the residents, business owners and guests of rural Center Township with the highest return on our tax dollar investment.

Another shot of the groundbreaking crew.

Lifetime fire department member Rod Carringer talks to the crowd.

Center Township Fire Chief Marc Christiano speaks.

Bob Miller, an original member of the department, stands in front of the artist’s rendering of the new building.

Rod Carringer and State Rep. Jim Pressel (standing behind sign) chat.

One Response to “Ground broken for larger, more modern Center Township Fire Station”

  1. Gorgeous Jim

    Mar 29. 2018

    Seems to me that the Center township fire department should have been placed closer to the Center of Center township. In my opinion the area of Hwy 39 and Severs Rd. would have been a much more logical location to build the new fire station. With the new location the residences in the far reaching North East portion of Center Twp., will have a really long ETA to get the Emergency Services. For instance the area of 450N and Range Rd. which is 8-9 miles away from the new location.

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