Published on February 12th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens0
Muncie Fire Stations Reopen
Mayor Dennis Tyler told citizens surrounding McCulloch Park and those in south Muncie around Mock Avenue fire station that if elected mayor, he would reopen both fire stations 4 and 6. He delivered on that promise Saturday with two Grand Reopening Celebrations for residents in both neighborhoods.
We are convinced residents feel safer now that the fire stations are back in operation. Former Mayor Sharon McShurley closed both stations as a way to cut costs, but it increased response times. She reported that the response times were still within industry standards. When it comes to a fire, every second counts, and homeowners aren’t particular interested in industry standards when their family is at risk.
The stations aren’t just about public safety, the station houses and their tenants play an active and positive role in the surrounding neighborhoods. The kids in the neighborhood visit the stations and talk with firemen, and many dreams are born as a result of those conversations – “When I grow up, I want to fight fires!”
City Councilman Doug Marshall told us, “I’ve watched kids let the air out of their bicycle tires, and walk up to the station asking for air just so they can talk with the firemen.”
That’s where future heroes are born.
While some kids dream of becoming policemen or firemen, others can see themselves growing up to be journalists, or photographers. In fact, the photos provided for this article were taken by 8-year-old Emma Powell. Emma is the daughter of Daniel and Nora Powell in Muncie. Nora serves on city council and Daniel serves on the fire department.
Emma turned 8 yesterday so she had to share the spotlight with the Grand Reopening of Fire Stations 4 and 6. We’d like to wish Emma a Happy Birthday, and thank you for your first submission as a photographer.
In the picture below, City Councilman Doug Marshall addresses citizens gathered for reopening of Station 4 in his district: