At 3:11 AM on July 28th, 2015 Ionia Fire Department was dispatched with West Bloomfield for an automatic alarm at their fire station!
The first firefighter on the scene reported smoke in the building. All four trucks and most of the turnout gear were removed from the building by the first firefighters to arrive at the station.
They then began fighting the fire with their own pumpers. West Bloomfield soon arrived and laid a 5″ supply line from their main pumper to the four corners of Ionia where portable ponds were set up. Numerous fire departments were called in to supply water from the nearest hydrants that are about 2 miles away. The fire was put out before the entire structure was consumed with no firefighter injuries.
In January 2016 a temporary fire station was build to store the fire trucks until a new permanent fire station was built.
On May 14, 2018 they started operating out of the the new fire station even though all areas of the new building were not completed. The new fire station was dedicated with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 28, 2018 (three years to the day from the fire at the original station.) As funds become available we will complete all phases of the construction of the new facility.