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Hastings Rural Fire hosts open house at new station

Updated: Jun. 6, 2021 at 9:32 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After spending decades split between different buildings, Hastings Rural Fire District finally has their own space and Sunday they hosted an open house to show the public and celebrate.

For more than 50 years Hastings Rural Fire never had a place to call their own.

“Previously we had two trucks in the North fire station in Hastings, one truck on the South fire station in Hastings and we had four additional trucks down in Ayr.”

But on Dec. 9, 2020 that all changed. They moved into their own station behind the Nebraska Extension office at 2589 S. Baltimore Ave.

“It’s plenty of room to grow, work and train,” Hastings Rural Fire Chief Nathan Hamik said. “Now we know exactly where all our trucks are, what trucks we have and we know what trucks are out on responses if we need to take them out.”

Before the city used to send someone to drive their truck to fire scenes but with an increase in higher call volumes, they realized they needed their own space and man power to keep up. So, they started the process of getting Hastings Rural their own place back in May of last year.

“It’s been long past due in getting our own facility and we just, we’re able to get this property that we’re sharing with the extension office. It makes a good little area for us,” Hamik said.

The new station has a meeting room, a kitchenette, six bays for trucks, offices, and storage space.

“It gives us good training space,” Hastings Rural Firefighter Tyler Hermann said. “We can pull the trucks outside and have adequate space if it’s raining we can be inside.”

Tyler Hermann has been a firefighter for Hastings Rural for 12 years and an EMT for three. He said more than anything the new space has brought them together.

“It brings everybody around and it helps people learn the trucks better, having them all in one spot and get everybody involved more,” Hermann said.

Hastings Rural hosted the open house from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. to give tours and to show taxpayers just how much their money is appreciated.

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