Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Township Supervisor Rob Manigold (with scissors) and Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff (center), with Township Board members, Fire Dept. staff, and others involved with the construction of new Fire Station 3 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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A small ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new Fire Station 3 on the north end of the Old Mission Peninsula yesterday.

In attendance were Peninsula Fire Department staff and Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff, members of the Township Board, Paul Mahon of Grand Traverse Construction, architect Ray Kenda of Environment Architects, and project manager Jennifer Hodges of Gourdie-Fraser (who brought the doughnuts!). Township Supervisor Rob Manigold manned the scissors and cut the ribbon.

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While there are still a few outdoor jobs to complete, including landscaping, the station is ready for service to the north end of the township and will be staffed beginning April 1, 2021.

An Open House for the public to tour the station will be held at a later date.

Gilstorff thanked the community for their support and donations, including Golden Fowler in Traverse City for their donation of furniture. Also, the beautiful quilt in the photos below came from Stitches of Kindness, a program of Samaritas Senior Living of Traverse City.

Located at 19270 Center Road, between Swaney Road and Tompkins Road, construction of the new fire station took place over the fall and winter. The building includes housing for Fire Department staff, and will also house a Medical First Response truck.

Gilstorff says the new fire station will not only improve response times in that area, but will also help to improve the fire department’s ISO ratings, giving residents in that area better insurance premiums. (Read more about ISO ratings here.)

Check out a few photos of the new building and ribbon-cutting ceremony below.

Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Township Supervisor Rob Manigold (with scissors) and Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff (center), with Township Board members, Fire Dept. staff, and others involved with the construction of new Fire Station 3 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Chief Fred Gilstorff explains the Fire District Map to Tim Boursaw | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Vehicle Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Vehicle Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Vehicle Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Vehicle Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Sleeping Quarters | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Hallway | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Utility Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Utility Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Storage/Lockers in Sleeping Quarters | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Office Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Kitchen Area | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Fire District Map | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo

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