The passage of a $1.25 million levy in 2008 paid for the building and remodeling of fire stations across Sylvania Township. The Northwest Ohio Piping Industry was part of the construction of the last levy-funded project at the new No. 1 fire station in downtown Sylvania.
Over three weeks this past spring, construction crews razed the 83-year-old firehouse, filled in the basement and prepared the site for construction.
The low ceilings of the old building forced firefighters to perform many tasks on the outside of a vehicle outdoors. The new, 8,985-square-foot building features a higher, rubberized flat roof supported by steel bar joists.
The two-floor, modern building includes a mezzanine for seasonal storage of equipment and a decontamination room where firefighters can clean their gear immediately.