Fire department project progresses

ORANGEVILLE – With donations from the community and a local church, the Orangeville Volunteer Fire Department building on High Street has seen a much-needed addition since work began last spring.

Fire Chief Larry Foltz said work has included three fire bays and a community meeting room and hall attached to the old fire department building. The meeting room is at the back of the building which can be used by the public for various events.

There are also additional parking spaces.

Work is expected to be completed this year.

Officials have discussed the need for the 16-foot addition because fire trucks are getting bigger. The current truck is housed at a firefighter’s home. An older, smaller truck, which was built in Sharpsville, Pa., remains in the current old section.

There has also been a need for a meeting room for both firefighters and the community.

To kick off the project, last spring the Rev. John Benigas, pastor of the nearby Orangeville United Methodist Church, presented a $6,000 check to help cover costs for putting in the foundation. He had said the volunteers help protect lives in the community, which has a population of fewer than 200 residents.

Foltz said work was being donated mostly by more than 10 volunteers.

He had said that the foundation work was needed to prevent water from entering the building, which was often a problem at the current station.

Officials have tried to get loans and funds for the project for several years.

Donations for the project can be sent to the fire department, P.O. Box 152, Orangeville, OH 44453.