|The Pelican Lake Fire District unveiled its new headquarters on Saturday, hosting an afternoon celebration and pig roast for members of the community.|
The hall, located just off Highway 45 in the village of Pelican Lake, replaced an inadequate and antiquated facility a block to the north.
Constructed for just under $700,000, the project took the better part of four years to plan and complete.
It is, according to Fire Chief Wayne Sparks, designed to serve the needs of the sprawling district for years to come.
“This is a big district with the towns of Schoepke and Enterprise,” Sparks said, explaining that the department needed to consider potential developments throughout the lake-soaked region.
The new facility, which houses both firefighting and ambulance equipment, includes four huge bays, along with offices and a separate training room. It was designed after visits to nearby departments, such as Nokomis, Newbold and Weston, with a special eye on the needs of the community.
“You never know what people might build or what industry might develop,” Sparks said. “We have to be ready and we built for the future.
The facility also meets all the latest safety codes, the chief said, something that was impossible in the old fire hall.
In addition to the fire hall, the day included tours of the community’s Little League complex, built with the help of individual and business donations, located next door. That facility includes a large concession stand, scoreboard, and covered seating area for spectators.
Members of the Pelican Lake Fire District and Medic 12 ambulance service posed outside their new firehouse during a grand opening celebration Saturday. From left are (back row) Don Sparks, assistant chief, Jim Ellner, Jerry Leonard, Eugene Feger, Steve Buschel, Connie Guth, Melinda Chaney, Steve Sharon, squad supervisor for Medic 12, Mindy Ison, Rick Klima, (front row) Katie Leonard, Traci Kirkham and Fire Chief Wayne Sparks.