McCORDSVILLE – Fire and emergency medical services coverage is now based in McCordsville 24 hours a day for the first time in the city’s history.
The town’s fire station, which is unable to accommodate firefighters for long periods of time, now has a modular house on its land. The Vernon Township Fire Department has purchased the structure to provide temporary accommodation ahead of a new station slated for next year.
At 14 by 66 feet, the structure has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room. Three firefighters are stationed there 24/7.
Located at 7580 Form St., the McCordsville Fire Hall houses fire trucks, but it does not have dormitories like the Vernon Township Fire Station in Fortville.
âThe lack of overnight accommodation options at the McCordsville Volunteer Station was a challenge,â said Chad Abel, Vernon Township Fire Chief, in a statement. âInstalling modular housing will allow us to expand our staffing options beyond our fire station in Fortville.
It comes as preparations continue for a new Vernon Township fire hall near the southwest corner of Mt. Comfort Road and County Road 900N in McCordsville, near a new Leo market and restaurant.
The former McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department, before merging with Fortville to create the Vernon Township Fire Department in 2019, responded to emergencies in the community for nearly 70 years. Firefighters have run from home and work to where fire trucks have been housed since 1952, according to the press release.
They started by using a volunteer garage as a station before building the station on Form Street.
Over the past three years, the Vernon Township staffing model has evolved from mostly volunteers to mostly part-time to recently hiring its first full-time firefighters.
Florence May, administrator of the township of Vernon, recalled how the fire territory of the township of Vernon was formed in 2020 and its tax levied to increase the staff of the stations in the two towns of the township.
âWith the receipt of new funds for the 2021 Fire Territory, we are pleased to announce the 24/7 VTFD Fire / Paramedic programming in McCordsville,â May said in the press release.
VTFD reported this summer that nearly half of its trips are in McCordsville, and average response times are about 2.5 minutes slower in town than in Fortville. Meijer and the Traditions at Brookside retirement home community, both located in McCordsville, have been the top two locations in the department for the past two years.
Greg Brewer, a McCordsville City Council member who represents the town on the Vernon Township Fire Department Territory Council, told the Daily Reporter that the fire department’s latest development gives him peace of mind and he imagines that ‘the same goes for his fellow citizens.
“It is just a satisfaction to know that the hard work of all parties involved has achieved the goal of giving people the reassurance that they have now when they need this help and assistance, that it either medically or because of a fire, these first responders are going to be able to reach them more quickly, âsaid Brewer.
In addition, VTFD expects the delivery of two new fire trucks by the end of the month. One of the engines will be housed in McCordsville at the volunteer station until the new station is complete. The second new engine will be located at the Fortville VTFD station.
âA lot of exciting things are happening for the township,â Brewer said. âNone of this would have happened without the 100% fire council behind it, but more importantly, Chief Abel’s tenacity and leadership accomplished this task in such a short time.