Battle Creek VFD renovates station with $15K grant

KEYSTONE S.D. – The Battle Creek Fire District received a hefty grant on Tuesday.

Black Hills Energy is donating $15,000 to renovate the fire station’s’ living quarters. The Battle Creek Fire District which serves the communities of Keystone, Hayward, and Hermosa is undergoing a big makeover.

Thanks to the grant, the Keystone station now has new living quarters. Currently the sleeping quarters for both men and women are upstairs in an attic-like space with just over six-feet of head room. It has three beds which are all shared within one room.

With the new addition, they’re adding three bedrooms where the department’s five women and 35 men can sleep.

“We spend a lot of time at the station together, and just being able to go to your own room and get some quiet time is excellent,” said Laura Adrian, the public information officer for Battle Creek.

Moving the crews downstairs also gets them out of harm’s way. The old attic space had gaps where diesel fumes seeped through. They’re also adding extra space for a lounge, and updated kitchen.

According to Black Hills Energy Director of Operation Marc Eyre, they also donated a new energy efficient HVAC system.

“We had our team partner with them and look at what we can do, and they helped design and install the addition to this heating and cooling system,” he said.

Fire crews say the new additions will help the volunteers that much perform better in the field.

“It makes all the difference in the world,” said Firefighters Association President Brad Lindblom. “If you’re well rested and you get up and you can have your truck out of there withing two minutes, you gotta be ready, and well rested.”

They hope to have the additions complete in the coming weeks.

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