July 23 05:39 AM

Take time to tour fire hall before heading to polls

July 18, 2018
While we hope readers will never have to call on their services, we're fortunate to have a skilled, dedicated group of professional firefighters in the Tri-City area. Imlay City is no exception.

These volunteers are committed to serving their community. Whether it's a downed power line, a car crash or a house, business or grass fire, these firefighters are ready to drop everything and and answer the call. They also do so at great personal risk and peril, depending on the situation. With a tight budget that's overseen by local government, they provide a service that's literally priceless—that of public safety and saving lives.

There's also the matter of public image and future growth. Families, businesses and industries looking to invest in a community will surely consider that community's public safety facilities and capabilities.

This Saturday, Imlay City residents have a chance to get up close and personal with their volunteer firefighters, and take a look at the conditions they're working in at the fire hall on Third Street. Firefighters are hosting an Open House from noon-4 p.m. that includes demonstrations, tours of the hall and equipment, and more. Built in 1967, the 6,400 square-foot hall has been stretched to its maximum capacity as the Imlay City area has grown. There's an opportunity to remedy that with the construction of a new fire hall, but public support is required before that can take shape. There's a millage proposal on the August 7 ballot that would make the construction of a new 12,000 square-foot fire hall on a 2.66 acre parcel the city purchased located on Borland Road possible.

We encourage Imlay City residents to stop by during the Open House and take a look at the existing hall, and the plans for the proposed new facility. Take the opportunity to see firsthand what those on the frontlines of public safety deal with whether they're meeting, training or answering the call before heading to the polls. They say knowledge is power, and when it comes to helping ensure public safety and saving lives, the knowledge is very powerful, indeed.

The Imlay City Fire Department Open House will take place this Saturday, July 22, from noon-4 p.m. at the fire hall located at 338 E. Third Street downtown. We hope to see you there!

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