By Tim Kowols
The groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday may have taken just moments, but the road to a new station in Brussels and improved facilities in Gardner was five years in the making for members of the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department. Officials from the BUG Fire Department, the county and the individual towns broke ground on the two projects that were part of a $2.8 million referendum approved by voters last year. BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie said he was happy to finally see work being done at the two sites.
Improvements to the Gardner station, expected to be finished this September, will include two additional bays for fire equipment. The new station in Brussels will have space for fire equipment, crew quarters, and room for the Door County Emergency Services Department’s ambulance. That project could be completed as soon as November.