The Larchwood Volunteer Fire Department had a special ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 to commence work on a new firehouse.
A group of volunteer fire fighters, Larchwood city council members, Lyon County Riverboat Foundation representatives, and community members met at the location of the new firehouse. Josh Feucht spoke to the crowd, recognizing the groups and people that made the project possible. The event concluded with the symbolic shovel dig performed by Jerry Ter Wee, Jeff Gallagher, Dean Snyders and Damon Langenhorst.
The new building was made possible by donations as well as grants from the City of Larchwood and the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation. All recognized that the heavily relied upon fire department was dealing with space constraints and logistical issues in its current firehouse on Main Street.
The new firehouse will better equip the approximately 30 volunteers who respond to fires and emergencies over a 100-square-mile area in and around Larchwood. Included in this area are West Lyon School, Novartis and Grand Falls Casino Resort, in addition to many small businesses, homes and farms.
Larco Homes will begin construction on the new building within the next month. The department hopes to have it completed by November, at which time the Larchwood Emergency Medical Services will move into the previous firehouse and sell their current building.