Lebanon’s new firehouse provides opportunities to better serve community

Lebanon's new firehouse should be fully operational by Dec. 3, according to city officials. The new Station 41 is located south of the Warren County Fairgrounds on North Broadway. It houses the Station 41 crew as well as the city's fire and EMS department's administrative offices. CONTRIBUTED/CITY OF LEBANON
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Lebanon's new firehouse should be fully operational by Dec. 3, according to city officials. The new Station 41 is located south of the Warren County Fairgrounds on North Broadway. It houses the Station 41 crew as well as the city's fire and EMS department's administrative offices. CONTRIBUTED/CITY OF LEBANON

Station 41 moving to new home

Moving has already started as Lebanon Fire & EMS prepares to leave its old home on West Silver Street to a $6.5 million state of the art fire station and administrative offices on North Broadway Avenue.

“We’re moving full-steam ahead,” said Lebanon Fire & EMS Chief Steven Johnson.

Johnson said the new 20,000-square-foot four-bay facility is nearly twice the size of the Station 41 that has been its home since 1982.

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A Lebanon fire engine backs into a bay at Station 41 on West Silver Street. Starting next month, Station 41 will be located in new quarters on North Broadway. ED RICHTER/STAFF

A Lebanon fire engine backs into a bay at Station 41 on West Silver Street. Starting next month, Station 41 will be located in new quarters on North Broadway. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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A Lebanon fire engine backs into a bay at Station 41 on West Silver Street. Starting next month, Station 41 will be located in new quarters on North Broadway. ED RICHTER/STAFF

The current Station 41 was converted from a laundromat and has four bays, three offices, two bunk rooms, storage rooms a kitchen and day room, he said.

He said the new station can accommodate the larger, taller apparatus that is housed in a building across the street from the current station. Johnson said

For the past few weeks as construction crews completed the last items on their lists to finish the new facility, equipment and furniture have been arriving. Johnson said he expects the new station to be fully operational by Dec. 3.

“This is a ‘game-changer,’” Johnson said. “We now have the ability to do so much more and the training capabilities are awesome.”

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This is the training wall inside the new Station 41 in Lebanon. It features different size windows for firefighters to practice entries and setting up ladders, etc. ED RICHTER/STAFF

This is the training wall inside the new Station 41 in Lebanon. It features different size windows for firefighters to practice entries and setting up ladders, etc. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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This is the training wall inside the new Station 41 in Lebanon. It features different size windows for firefighters to practice entries and setting up ladders, etc. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Johnson said the new training/conference room “will be huge” for the fire department and that it was already starting to be booked for future meetings in 2022.

He said the existing station was not code-compliant and the department needed to have better and adequate facilities for its personnel and equipment.

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Lebanon Fire & EMS Chief Steven Johnson, left, and City Manager Scott Brunka look over the flooring installation in the conference room at Station 41. The new facility will help the department with training activities as well as being available for community events. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Lebanon Fire & EMS Chief Steven Johnson, left, and City Manager Scott Brunka look over the flooring installation in the conference room at Station 41. The new facility will help the department with training activities as well as being available for community events. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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Lebanon Fire & EMS Chief Steven Johnson, left, and City Manager Scott Brunka look over the flooring installation in the conference room at Station 41. The new facility will help the department with training activities as well as being available for community events. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Johnson and City Manager Scott Brunka gave a tour of the new facility, which features tall, vertical folding bay doors for its apparatus.

The new station will enable firefighters to drive into the station from the rear of the building from a service road, eliminating the need to back into the station.

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Station 41 crews will be able to drive their apparatus and vehicles through the rear doors instead of having to back them up when they return after a run. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Station 41 crews will be able to drive their apparatus and vehicles through the rear doors instead of having to back them up when they return after a run. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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Station 41 crews will be able to drive their apparatus and vehicles through the rear doors instead of having to back them up when they return after a run. ED RICHTER/STAFF

The new station has 10 bunk rooms for eight firefighters, a lieutenant and a battalion chief; a kitchen, dining/day room area; conference room with a kitchenette that can be used by community groups; laundry; a stock room; storage rooms; a place to hang hose and practice going up stairwells; a training area within the building; a separate decontamination area with laundry and shower for firefighters to use after putting out a fire; and a work area to review building plans.

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Lebanon Fire & EMS Chief Steven Johnson looks over the new plans examining area at Station 41. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Lebanon Fire & EMS Chief Steven Johnson looks over the new plans examining area at Station 41. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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Lebanon Fire & EMS Chief Steven Johnson looks over the new plans examining area at Station 41. ED RICHTER/STAFF

The table where firefighters will eat their meals was built with oak and steel beams from a 100-year-old farmhouse that includes a metal Lebanon fire department emblem in the center.

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The Station 41 dining table was built from oak and metal beams from a former farmhouse. ED RICHTER/STAFF

The Station 41 dining table was built from oak and metal beams from a former farmhouse. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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The Station 41 dining table was built from oak and metal beams from a former farmhouse. ED RICHTER/STAFF

In addition, there is a fitness room that will be open to other city employees such as police officers. The new station also has a safe room with a tornado and missile impact rating.

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The new Station 41 fire house features a tornado safe room. ED RICHTER/STAFF

The new Station 41 fire house features a tornado safe room. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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The new Station 41 fire house features a tornado safe room. ED RICHTER/STAFF

The new facility will allow the department’s administrative offices to move from its current location at Station 42 at the intersection of Ohio 48 and Nelson Road across from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post.

Brunka said the new facility was possible after voters approved a levy in 2018 to provide funding for the fire department. The site was identified following a fire response study and the city was able to purchase six acres of fairgrounds property from Warren County.

“We’re very grateful to the county to allow us to purchase that property,” he said.

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This is the stairwell to where Lebanon firefighters can hand wet hose as well as practice various skills at Station 41. ED RICHTER/STAFF

This is the stairwell to where Lebanon firefighters can hand wet hose as well as practice various skills at Station 41. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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This is the stairwell to where Lebanon firefighters can hand wet hose as well as practice various skills at Station 41. ED RICHTER/STAFF

The remainder of the property could be used as part of a public safety complex where a new police headquarters could be located in the future, he said.

A community open house of the new station is being planned for January, Johnson said.

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