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Hazleton celebrates new fire station

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An Eastern Iowa fire department is looking to cut down on response times, thanks to a brand new fire station.

The city of Hazleton has always had a fire station, but eight years ago town leaders decided to build a new one.

The old building was small and outdated with equipment in three locations.

Fire Chief Arne Dettbarn says firefighters go to about 20 fire calls and about 100 medical calls a year.

Still, he says having the new station is a good move for the community, specifically to cut down on response times to fires.

"You get up to a house where they've got a chimney fire and the people are going to lose their property so it's all about the people. It's all about saving their property. Doing the least amount of damage when we put them out and then helping them get back, that's what it's all about," said Dettbarn.

The facility cost about $400,000 and was paid for by private donations, township trustees, and city savings.

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