The little building that was constructed to hold the 1938 fire truck was completed in early May when the sign was attached to the building. Here, two men measure for the proper placement.Photos by Gretta Becay
By Gretta Becay
The building that will house and display Byron's first fire truck is almost ready.
After deciding they would like to build a structure to house and display the truck acquired in 1938, firefighters and members of the Byron Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief Association began fundraising to gather enough money to build the structure. The many and varied talents of the members of the fire department and local businesses' generosity ensured that the building was put up with almost no labor costs.
Almost all the work was done by volunteers or crews whose time was donated, explained Assistant Fire Chief Bob Pries. The group raised enough funds to pay for materials that were not donated, and the final step in the construction - putting up the sign - was accomplished in early May.
Fire Chief Matt Grant said the dedication ceremony for the building will be held this summer.
The same day they mounted the sign, the firefighters held their annual spring cleaning day during which they tested every linear foot of each fire hose to be sure there were no leaks. They also tested other equipment to be absolutely sure that every tool needed to fight a fire or perform a rescue is in good working order.