Rapid Response: Fire station approaches completion

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A new fire station soon will serve residents in Redding Township who live in the Rockford area.

The satellite station of Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department should open by the end of the month, Township Trustee Connie Calmer said.

The new station is under construction on High Street just west of State Road 11.

Until it is finished and operational, the only firehouse continuing to serve Redding Township is in Reddington, north of Seymour off U.S. 31.

Fire Department Chief Steve Cox said that setup leaves residents of Rockford waiting for response to a fire.

“It will cut response times by 20 minutes or better in the case of an alarm,” Cox said.

Access from one side of the township to the other is limited, with just two overpasses of Interstate 65, which runs through Redding Township, on county roads 700 North and 800 North.

The project will cost about $170,000, most of which will come from a community fund and will not affect taxpayers, Calmer said.

Cox said the new station will have two trucks and will be manned by current volunteers who already live on the west side of the township near the station.

Some homeowners could possibly see a benefit in their home fire insurance, agent Nate Tormoehlen of Beatty Insurance in Seymour said. He said some insurance policies change if the home is within five miles of a fire station.

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