Luana Fire Department hopes to break ground on new building

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LUANA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The small volunteer firefighter force in the Clayton County town of Luana keeps busy, responding to about 20 fires a year. The guys joined because they felt a need to protect their community.

"And sometimes you get a good fire and that gets you going and I guess you try to make someone's bad day good or better,” Keith Johnson said.

"My dad had been a firefighter for many years, he's still the chief. I just grew up in the firehouse and just always something I wanted to do,” Matt Baade said.

In recent years the department didn't have enough room to train firefighters. That's the main reason for the new building.

It'll cost around 300 thousand dollars. Firefighters decided they needed to raise half the money before starting construction. They hit their goal in January, and plan to start construction this spring, when temps start to warm up.

"We're hoping too once we start building the donations will keep coming in,” Johnson said.

The new fire station will be right just a couple blocks from the other station. The new facility will have an area families could stay if they were displaced in a local fire."

Firefighters are hopeful to be in the new building by the end of summer. Just in time for the town's annual festival, Luana Days.

"The hope is to have a fire truck parade and end up by the new fire station,” Baade said.

Which will also mark the 100-year anniversary of this fire department.

The fire department still needs to raise about 100-thousand dollars to fully fund the building. The firefighters are throwing another fundraiser on Sunday, March 4th, where they'll cook pancakes at the old station.

Firefighters also started a Go Fund Me Account,