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Hinton unveils new public safety center

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Firefighters moved into their new facility two weeks ago, and have been using it for the last week. Firefighters moved into their new facility two weeks ago, and have been using it for the last week.
HINTON, Iowa (KTIV) -

When businesses cut a ribbon, it can mean a new beginning or a fresh start, but in Hinton, Iowa it means a better chance to save a life.

For nearly a decade, Hinton, Iowa, and its firefighters waited for a new public safety building.

"Looks like something our community deserves for all the work our firemen put in to service our community," said Dennis Bollmeyer of Hinton, Iowa.

When they cut this ribbon, they unveiled a nearly $1 million facility, eight years in the works.

"From the outside, it doesn't look this big," said Pete Stuerman, superintendent of Hinton Schools.

But when you go inside, you'll see it is bigger. In fact, officials say it's about four times larger than what it used to be. It's especially noticeable inside the garage.

They can easily fit all eight emergency response and firefighting vehicles inside, with the potential to even add more to their fleet.

"It's not all crammed in and you can probably get the machines out on an independent basis versus having to pull something out, before getting the regular truck out or whatever," said Bollmeyer.

For years, firefighters had to contend with traffic by the community center at their old site.

"They would have auctions and weddings and there'd be people parked every place, and trucks couldn't get in and out very easily," said Chris Conlon, Hinton's police chief and a firefighter.

The public safety building also serves the local ambulance and police. Hinton's police chief says the new location will make a big difference.

"There isn't the congestion out here. It's kind of isolated out here. We have good access to Highway 75 and we can respond to the calls a little bit quicker," said Conlon.

Plus, it's closer to the town's elementary school.

"Be able to see all of the equipment in one place, not be afraid of the firefighters, and so if an emergency happens, that really helps out with the school and in the community," said Stuerman.

Firefighters moved into their new facility two weeks ago, and have been using it for the last week.

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