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Sen. Jim Tomes: New Harmony Receives $500,000 Grant For New Fire, EMS Station

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2011) - State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) today announced the town of New Harmony has received a $500,000 grant to help build a new joint fire and emergency medical services (EMS) facility.

At a Statehouse ceremony on Wednesday, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) formally presented New Harmony officials with the Community Development Block Grant - federal funding given to help rural communities with expensive projects and updates.

Tomes also honored the group with his own certificate of congratulations.

"I'm pleased New Harmony has received the funds needed to build a new public safety facility," Tomes said. "The town's EMS building was constructed in 1976 and its current fire station dates back to 1899. Needless to say, these funds will help provide New Harmony with the updated facility needed to house the equipment and emergency personnel that keep its residents safe."

According to OCRA officials, New Harmony's joint fire and EMS station will be 6,500 square feet, including three drive-through truck bays as well as a set of living quarters and training rooms. Total cost will be approximately $650,000.

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New Harmony Receives $500,000 For New Fire Station - State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) presents New Harmony city officials with a certificate of congratulations for receiving a $500,000 grant at a Statehouse ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The Community Development Block Grant will be used to build a joint fire and emergency medical services station to replace the town's current facilities, built in 1899 and 1976, respectively. Total costs for the project will be approximately $650,000. Pictured from left to right are: Don Gibbs, town council member; Karen Walker, town council member; Scott Miller, town fire chief; Tomes; Joe Straw, town council member; and Phillip Werry, local firefighter.