Firehouse being built in Barneston
Work is underway to build a new fire house in the village of Barneston.
The new building is on Barneston’s main street in southern Gage County and will house four main bays and one smaller bay, according to Tom McGuire, chairman of the rural fire department board.
“We’ve never really had a fire building. Years ago they used a building that the city had. The building now is the old gas station the city purchased and we put the fire trucks in there, but it’s pretty crowded and the city can use that for their own purchases and we’ll move over to the new building when it’s finished.”
There will also be an office and restroom, and the building will have enough room to accommodate equipment training and meetings.
The building, being built by Goossen Construction, is planned to be 5,400 square feet and have an estimated value of $195,000.
McGuire said a grant from the Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation is assisting with the project.
He added that the Barneston Rural Fire Department can trace its roots back to 1956 when there were a handful of businesses in town.
In the past 62 years, the community has experienced change, as has the department. McGuire said membership of the volunteer fire squad has held steady, however.
“Over the years, it’s changed since those businesses aren’t there anymore,” he said. “Most of our firefighters now are from the rural area.
“We’ve got a good group of firemen wanting to do some things in the community for involvement to show their presence and they’re pretty good whenever they’re called up.”
The department consists of around 20 members and a five-person rural fire board. The department serves Liberty in addition to Barneston.
The building is expected to be completed in October.