firefighters, town council members, break ground for new fire
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
The site of the new Versailles Fire Station was cause for celebration
recently as members of the Versailles Fire Department and the
town council gathered for a ground breaking ceremony. The new
station will be located just south of Versailles on US 421.
According to information from Ben Sieverding, second assistant
chief, the new station will serve the citizens of Versailles and
the surrounding areas well into the future. The department is
the busiest in the county, according to Sieverding, who said they
responded to 457 emergency calls in 2007 and 384 emergency calls
The new station will have eight bays for emergency vehicles, office
areas, radio room, kitchen, storage, training room, maintenance
room, restroom and shower facilities, day room, workout area,
and sleeping areas for future growth.
Sieverding noted that the construction of the new facility is
being made possible through financial help from the Town of Versailles,
Johnson Township, and the donation of land from the Ripley County
Commissioners. The Versailles Volunteer Fire Department has also
received some grant money for this project: $350,000 Community
Focus Fund Grant; $50,000 grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation,
and a $5,000 grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation.
The department is grateful for the grants, which they say have
made the new station a reality.
The Poole Group of Dillsboro, has been awarded the construction
contract. Sebree Architects Inc., Indianapolis, has been chosen
to design the project and will provide project management.
The Versailles Volunteer Fire Department is committed to
providing the very best in emergency services to the citizens
of our community and appreciates the communitys continued
support, noted Sieverding.
Donations to the building project can be made at Integra Bank
branches and are greatly appreciated. Sieverding says, If
you would like to serve your community, make a positive difference
in peoples lives and become part of the brotherhood of the
fire service, join us.
Anyone interested in joining the department can call 812-689-5222
or stop by the current fire station (on Washington Street) and
pick up an application. You can also visit the department website
The fire departments mission statement reads in part, We
will serve our community unselfishly to preserve their lives and
property. The firefighters of the Versailles Fire Department will
provide fire protection, emergency extrication, technical rope
rescue, BLS emergency medical service, fire prevention education
and many other services when our community is in need.
The group strives to live up to their mission statement and can
be found teaching in area schools, training on weekends, and serving
chicken dinners, to further the cause of helping others.
Pictured are members of the Versailles
Volunteer Fire Department, along with Versailles Town Council
members Sue Meisberger and DeeDee Benkie, who were on hand
for the official ground breaking ceremony for the new Versailles