The new building came into discussion already in 2006, but didn't get underway until April 2008. The new fire house was estimated to cost approximately $300,000, which is being raised solely by donations to the department. Now with on $60,000 left to raise, the building is up and almost completed for the volunteer department to start using.
"We should be in it in September sometime," fire chief Bruce _ said.
The new facility provides more space which was the main reason for the new building but will also provide training areas for the 20 members on the department team.
"Six of them are EMT's, three of them are first responders and everyone is Fire One trained," Fiddelke said. "Now we don't have to travel to do that training. We can do fire training and EMT training here and are looking to do a Fire Two training this winter."
Training was another reason for the facility to be built. With a fire squad made up solely on volunteers the crew was finding it hard to go out of town for training. The training members receive comes in handy more often than some might think. The department handles approximately 10 fires a year, a lot of which are grass fires, and nearly 100 ambulance calls a year.
"To me this new building provides growth to the town of Sutherland," Fiddelke said. "We are all really thankful for the community standing behind us."
There is still more the community can do. With money left to raise the fire department is still selling bricks for $200 that can be engraved with names or sayings to be displayed on the inside wall of the station. The first chance to see the new facility and the purchased engraved brick wall will be this fall as the department plans to hold a community wide grand opening and grill out