VIDEO: In County, the city of Ainsworth had been trying to get a new firehouse for years.
Its old station was built right along Highway 92 in the 1970s. It was outdated, cramped, and not even supposed to be a firehouse in the first place — the building initially served as a gas station and tire store, according to Ainsworth Fire Chief Waylon Schultz.
After several years’ worth of effort into fundraising and construction, the Ainsworth Fire Department, an all-volunteer force with 22 members, finally has its new headquarters, situated on the same land as its predecessor.
Schultz said the cost for the project will total out between $460,000 and $470,000, much of it coming from donations.
“The County Riverboat Foundation gave us the big, $330,000 grant,” he said. “We had multiple banks in , and they donated $5,000 worth. Accel Wealth Management donated the light-up sign out front for the community to use.”