Issue #2, 2013: Maribel Fire Department

Maribel Fire Department | A.C.E. Building Service, Manitowoc Wisconsin

Maribel Fire Department | A.C.E. Building Service, Manitowoc Wisconsin
Maribel Fire Department BEFORE (top) and AFTER its 5,850-square-foot addition and renovation project. A.C.E. notes that the building’s existing MR-24 standing seam metal roof was still going strong 37 years later and required no work as part of this project!

NEWSLETTER — SEPTEMBER 2013

Not just battling blazes; fighting a space issue.

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Like any community fire department, the Maribel Fire Department (MFD) focuses on fighting fires and keeping their communities safe. But up until recently, the department wasn’t only battling blazes … they were fighting a space issue.

With five fire and rescue vehicles – two engines, two tenders and one equipment van – the MFD building that housed them was filled to the max. There were two overhead doors that fit two of the trucks each, but the fifth vehicle needed to be parked sideways near the back. This left space tight in the building, as well as access to the vehicles.

The crew knew they needed a solution to ensure the best possible fire protection to the communities they serve, so they made the decision to expand.

“We were flat out just running out of room,” states MFD fire chief Paul Rabas. “In addition to the space issue, the building was nearly 40 years old and needed a good maintenance. It was time to do something.”

A building committee was formed, and bids were put out to area contractors. A.C.E. Building Service had constructed their current building in 1976 and was invited to bid again. MFD member Rick Johnson chaired the building committee. “We initially drew up how we thought the plan should be, then invited the contractors to review our design/build needs and submit a proposal. A.C.E. came back with the best plan, hands down.”

He said everyone was totally impressed with what they saw. “A.C.E. presented us with an even better idea than what we had envisioned, that better fit our needs. It offered even more usable space AND saved us money. We were so impressed by their design and proposal that we didn’t even think of using anyone else.”

Construction started last summer and was completed by early fall, with A.C.E. building a 5,850-square-foot addition on the east side of the existing building. In addition to expanding the facility’s space, the area features new showers, handicap accessible restrooms, a warming/serving kitchen, concrete driveway and indoor truck-fill hydrant. Addition- ally, the old building was remodeled and A.C.E. installed an energy-efficient HVAC system, lighting and windows.

“They were great about working around our needs during the construction process. They always made sure we could access our trucks throughout in case of a fire, and allowed us to sustain operations,” says Rick.

A.C.E. also assisted MFD in getting a Focus on Energy incentive of more than $1,400. This allowed the department to install energy efficient lighting and boiler systems that will help them save money every year through decreased energy consumption. “The best part is that A.C.E. did all the paperwork for us!” adds Rick.

MFD and its communities have been totally impressed with their new building. Says Paul: We are extremely satisfied with A.C.E., and I let everyone know that!

At our open house in June I was asked if there was anything I would have changed looking back, and I say, ‘not a thing.’ I am 100% satisfied with A.C.E. and our new building.”

Rick echoes that sentiment. “The building is working out great. Sometimes when you finish a project you look back in hindsight at what you might have done differently, but I have none. We would do it all the same.”

Courtney Wojcik, energy advisor from Focus On Energy, presents an energy incentive to Paul Rabas and Rick Johnson of Maribel Fire Department and Chris Herzog of A.C.E. Building Service.
Courtney Wojcik, energy advisor from Focus On Energy, presents an energy incentive to Paul Rabas and Rick Johnson of Maribel Fire Department and Chris Herzog of A.C.E. Building Service.

About Maribel Fire Department:
The Maribel Volunteer Fire Department is located at 15127 Maribel Rd. in Maribel. They serve a 51-square-mile territory that includes the Village of Maribel and parts of the Town of Cooperstown and Town of Gibson. Established in the late 1930s, MFD currently has 39 members.

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