- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

BENNINGTON, Neb. (AP) - Firefighters of Bennington Rural Fire District No. 7 have finally moved into their new fire station after it was in the works for 10 years.

The Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1yEGfx7 ) reports that volunteer firefighters moved into their new $6 million, 29,000-square-foot station house last month. According to Fire Chief Bob Rayman, the new space includes 10 firetruck bays, a water-rescue boat and other equipment. Rayman said that the building has LED lighting, geothermal heating and is “state-of-the-art.”

“It’s designed to last us 75 to 100 years,” he said.

Local firefighters needed the larger space because of an increase in rescue and fire calls in the 42-square-mile fire district. Rural District No. 7 is made up of 46 volunteers, 15 of whom are full-time firefighters in other cities.

The station also has a Tribute Hall, which houses Bennington’s first hose cart and a 14-foot-high, 7,000-pound section of the World Trade Center. Rural District No. 7 received the artifact after they made a request to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

“It’s our connector” to all firefighters, Rayman said.

Construction on the building began in August 2012, and was paid for by several rural fire district bond issues and a donation from two Washington County residents.

A grand opening and a public reception is scheduled for early June.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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