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Fire department will continue to work toward new building PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

While the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) was not awarded a stimulus grant to help with a new building, that hasn’t stopped the members from keeping it on the back burner.
The city learned recently it was not successful in its grant application for a building, but no Nebraska fire departments were.
City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said she was verbally told by personnel in U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson’s office that Imperial’s grant application was unsuccessful. Nothing official had been received after the application was filed a year ago, so she called Washington.
Fire Chief Bryan Dannatt said they were hopeful for some grant funding, because need was supposedly part of the consideration. The empty lot on Broadway where the old school building stood was the selected site for a new structure.
The past year, some of the IVFD and civil defense vehicles/trailers had to be moved out of the fire hall for storage at the airport due to lack of room. That became necessary after a new rural pumper and tanker came on board, both of which were longer and wider.

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