STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Struthers is moving forward in replacing its 77-year-old main fire station.
Monday morning, the first shovels of dirt were turned over to start the project.
The contract to build the new station was awarded to the Illinois-based company Williams Architects.
Last month, 82% of voters passed a bond issue to fund the new station.
It will be over five times bigger. The extra space is needed to store equipment outside.
The new building will be located on Elm Street, about half a mile from the current station. It was donated by Struthers resident and businessman Dan Becker.
“His father was a firefighter, he was a firefighter. He felt this was something that was needed in the community and it saved the city a lot of money from having to purchase and find land within close proximity of the old station,” said Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker.
Struthers handles approximately 1,000 calls a year.
Everyone anticipates to be in the new building in 2021.