CARMEL, Ind. (July 29, 2015) -- It's not every day you find a firehouse sitting in the middle of a neighborhood. That's the case in Carmel as two fire stations take over neighborhood homes until they can move back into their buildings.
"By renting a house they were able to save a lot of money and by doing that that money doesn't come out of the bond that's used to build the stations so they're able to put more of that back into the station then," said Carmel firefighter Tim Griffin.
Station 44 is being completely rebuilt. In about a year the crew will move into their new digs the team helped design. They set up a radio system in their temporary home to hear calls. When it's time to hit the door they exit through the back patio and run down a hill to the garage they built to house their fire engine and equipment. The garage sits in the parking lot of Mohawk Trails Elementary School.
"One of the big concerns they wanted to be courteous when they leave they don't want to be loud. They want to still be safe and make sure traffic knows that they're going out but they don't want to blast the air horns blast the sirens and wake everyone up in the middle of the night," said Griffin.
Neighbors had their reservations about the idea at first.
"A little disbelief. Thought it was strange. Really was not sure what to expect as far as the ins and outs and the large building in the back. We were all like. What's going on, what's going on?'" said Becky Crumley
But their firefighter neighbors have been a welcome addition.
"It's kind of that comfort where you don't really think about it and you hope you never have the fire but at the same time it's nice to know they're just right down the street," said Crumley.
Firefighters at Station 43 are also renting out a neighborhood home for the next six months.