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Duncan firefighters move into brand-new bunk house

Duncan_After 30 years, Duncan firefighters moved into their new bunkhouses after an official ribbon cutting ceremony.  Main Station firefighters say that not only will they sleep more soundly in the new bunkhouse, but feeling better rested will allow them to serve their community better.  With an additional 2,200 square feet, the fire station is a lot more comfortable.  With seven firefighters on duty 24-hours per day, an addition was needed badly. 

The original dorms were intended to be temporary, but firefighter Josh Wilson says that somehow the temporary housing turned into 30 long years.  There also were health hazards to battle.  "The other building had some mold issues, just dilapidated conditions," he said.  "We couldn't really live in those conditions."

Last year, the conditions became so bad that the dorm was destroyed, and firefighters lived in a temporarily donated trailer which sat in a parking lot near the firehouse.  "I don't know if our dorm at that time was the only one in the state of Oklahoma that was separated from the apparatus floor," said Wilson. 

The separate buildings posed a safety hazard for the firefighters.  "In the old dorms we had to run across the old city hall parking lot," he said.  "You can injure yourself - weather related injuries - but this dorm is connected."  Rookie firefighter Steve Brosh says he knows the connection will make a big difference.  "Definitely it takes off - probably at least thirty seconds - from running across the parking lot," he said. 

In a firefighter's line of work, every second counts - so does every improvement.  "For the firefighter that is testing to get on, it's an incentive to get on with the City of Duncan," said Brosh.  Duncan firefighters say that the City of Duncan has always provided them with top notch equipment to fight fires.  They say it came as no surprise when the city stepped up and donated a generous $150,000 for the bunk addition. 

The improvements don't end with the bunks.  The new four-bedroom bunk will soon be equipped with training equipment and computers for the new recreation room. 

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