TOWN OF BELOIT - Everyone's invited to the Town of Beloit's open house to showcase its newly remodeled Fire Station #2.
Festivities are set for noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday at Town of Beloit Fire Station #2, 1143 E. Inman Parkway.
The event includes a ribbon cutting for Fire Station #2 as well as a chance for kids to explore emergency vehicles and undergo fire extinguisher training and informational booths from other organizations and businesses. The ribbon cutting is set for 1 p.m., according to Fire Chief Gene Wright.
After Saturday, Wright said the fire station will be operational and will serve the northeast part of the town, where a large portion of the population resides. Fire Station #1 will continue to serve the southwest part of town.
"It will increase response times as well as give more opportunity for (fire department staff) to go on calls," Wright said.
Wright said Fire Station #2 was closed in the 1970s, although it was used as an unmanned station for many years.
"We always had an engine but never had people staffed over there," he said.
The Town gave the department funds this year to give the building a new roof, heating and cooling system and building-wide facelift. It will have a new parking lot soon.
Next year the Town will be repaving Highway 51 and Prairie Avenue, its main thoroughfares across both sides of the river.
"If we have people on that side of the town, we don't have to worry about getting across the river," he said.
Currently there is one engine at Station #2 and two engines at Station #1. There are two ambulances at Station #1, which will be moved over as staffing allows.
Wright said the facility will interesting for the public to see. It was a civil defense shelter from the 1960s. It has an industrial look with a new and modern facelift.