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Relocated Liberty Twp. fire station now open

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 5/14/2021 Sue Kiesewetter
a building with a grassy field: Liberty Township built a new Fire Station 112, relocating it from Yankee Road to about 1.5 miles north on Princeton Road near its intersection with Cincinnati-Dayton Road. © Sue Kiesewetter/For The Enquirer Liberty Township built a new Fire Station 112, relocating it from Yankee Road to about 1.5 miles north on Princeton Road near its intersection with Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

LIBERTY TWP. – At 15,760 square feet the relocated Fire Station 112 is nearly double the size of the Yankee Road facility it is replacing.

The new station at 7655 Princeton Road recently opened and was part of a $5.1 million project that not only rebuilt and relocated the 1974 station, but also provided about $400,000 to make improvements at the other two stations, including upgraded bunk rooms.

Liberty Township firefighterBen Lapensee built a table with this insert for the newly built and relocated Station 112 on Princeton Road. It was made from wood from the former farm house on the property. © Sue Kiesewetter/For The Enquirer Liberty Township firefighterBen Lapensee built a table with this insert for the newly built and relocated Station 112 on Princeton Road. It was made from wood from the former farm house on the property.

At the Ohio 747 headquarters, improvements were made to the kitchen and offices. Upgrades were made to the kitchen and offices at the 5170 Princeton Road station.

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“Having four bays instead of two leaves us room for growth,’’ said Chief Ethan Klussman.

“This station already has the largest call volume. I expect that to increase (when) the Millikin/I-75 interchange is built.”


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In 2018 the station responded to 1,069 calls for service. It increased to 1,214 calls in 2019 and 1,315 calls last year, Klussman explained.

“Moving the station 1.5 miles north makes a big difference,’’ Klussman said. “It allows us to keep our response time at four minutes or less and will tide us over until we see significant growth.”

a plane sitting on top of a truck: Liberty Township's new fire station has four oversized bays and a mezzanine level. © Sue Kiesewetter/For The Enquirer Liberty Township's new fire station has four oversized bays and a mezzanine level.

The station includes 10 private bunk rooms, four restrooms, a dayroom with a kitchen at one end, offices, work rooms, a locked medical supply room off the bay, and conference/training room with audio visual capabilities.

There is also a workout room, mezzanine, equipment/turnout gear storage, lockers, washing machines, eye cleaning station and washers for turnout gear .

In conjunction with the project the township partnered with Mason and West Chester Township to implement the OpiCom traffic control system that provides a green light – intersection right-of-way – to emergency vehicles.

The system affects 11 major intersections. It shortens response time and gets patients to the hospitals quicker, Klussman said.

Trustee President Tom Farrell. said the improvements position the township well for the future.

“Hats off to Chief Klussman and all members of the building committee for their leadership and dedication to ensuring these projects were done in a fiscally-responsible manner and to the benefit of our crews,’’ he said.

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