New Haverhill fire station nears completion

HAVERHILL – In a matter of weeks, the cramped conditions at the current station for Haverhill volunteer firefighters will be a memory.

The new $300,000 fire station on the southern edge of town is now 90 percent complete, said city council member and fundraising organizer Matt Stalzer.

Stalzer said there still needs to be flooring installed in the meeting room, water lines added, concrete laid outside and a few other touch ups, but he’s happy with the progress.

“We’ll have a move in date sometime in the spring,” Stalzer said.

Stalzer said when they first ventured into the fundraising aspect of the project in late 2012 they thought it would take three to five years. Now, the building is nearly complete in just more than one year.

“We’ve gotten a lot of support from the community,” Stalzer said. “It feels very rewarding to get to this point.”

The building itself was donated as was more than $100,000 in cash donations as well as plenty of in-kind work for the project.

The building includes four bays for fire trucks, a kitchen and a meeting room, which will allow for much more space overall than the current facility in town.

Matt’s uncle, Haverhill Fire Chief Dick Stalzer, said the department is looking forward to moving in.

“It’s progressing along and I’m quite excited about it,” Dick Stalzer said. “With this new station we’re going to have a lot more room.”

Matt Stalzer said they are looking into a grant for a generator so the facility can also act as an emergency shelter if needed.

He said they are still looking to get more than $25,000 in donations to help complete the project. To donate to the project, send checks to Haverhill Fire Station Fund, P.O. Box 81, Haverhill, IA 50120.

Matt Stalzer said sometime after the move in they will plan an open house event, which will most likely be in the summer.