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Open house includes tours, information, car seat checks in Merrill


MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) -- Merrill area residents have another opportunity to see their new fire station up close. Fire Chief Dave Savone says the Merrill Fire Department is having an open house Sunday. “It’s the first day of EMS Week, and we’re opening up our station for the neighbors to come and walk through. We have it set up that we’re going to have tours in the station, and we’ve set up four different (educational) stations to show some different things to the citizens.”

The department has now been in the new building since February 6th, and Savone says they’ve been able to improve efficiency and response times.  “I will tell you the firefighters are humbled and appreciative of the citizens of Merrill for the gift they’ve given us in this brand new fire station. The station we moved out of was close to 100 years old, and it was in need of some love, and this new station is efficient, it’s centrally located in the city, and it’s a better operation for us. All of our rigs are under one roof.”

The open house at the Merrill Fire Station is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Along with fire safety information, attendants can have car seats checked and learn more about heart disease.

The Merrill Police Department, Good Samaritan Hospital, and the Lincoln County Falls Coalition will also have demonstrations and information at the fire station.