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      Chassell Fire Department invites community to see new fire hall

      It's been a long time coming for the community of Chassell, but the fire department finally has a new bay completed to house one of their fire trucks and the first responder van. For nearly four years, the truck and van had to be parked outside throughout the year, even in the winter.

      After the community voted to pass a millage last year, the fire department was able to construct a new $50,000 bay.

      This Saturday, the fire hall will host an open house and dinner from noon to 5 p.m. to showcase the new building.

      The volunteers say the bay will help immensely with responding to fires and accidents faster.

      â??Before, we'd have to respond to a call, we'd have to scrape the ice off, brush the snow off,â?? explained medical first responder director, Derrick Verran. â??AEDs: we have an AED that's housed within the first responder vehicle. If the pads are frozen, you can't use them. So, we'd have to keep our AED inside, which would add yet another step before we could respond to a medical call.â??

      A dedication ceremony, including a plaque thanking the Chassell community, will begin at noon at the fire hall.