New Osseo Rural Fire station holds open house

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OSSEO, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Osseo Fire Department had been located within the heart of the city – and that was becoming problematic for its fire department. This included having to drive through two school zones to get to calls.

All of this will no longer be the case.

The Osseo Rural Fire Department hosted an open house Tuesday to show off its new home base. The 17,000 square-foot facility includes features, like: allowing for vehicles to drive through into the stalls, rather than having to back in and out, an added food pantry, and new offices and dispatch capabilities.

Chief Nels Gunderson said the $2.1 million facility helps them be a partner with the communities around them – at the same time, taking care of everything they need to do within Osseo.

"In the regions now, fire departments are so interdependent. We have to be ready to do our job here, or help our neighbors,” Gunderson said to WEAU on Tuesday. “If Augusta needs our help, we'll be there in a minute - and we know Augusta will come back here if we need them. That's the new mantra. That comes with MABIS in the regional area and it's a great deal for all the community."