Protivin to get new fire station
By Rob Bremner

A new fire station will be constructed in Protivin with a projected completion date of summer 2022. Fire district trustees approved in fall 2020 the building of a new station on land across the street from the current fire station. The fire station will have five doors, a dedicated meeting room, office, bathroom, kitchen and utility room. It will also have storage above those rooms and much needed room for gear and equipment without climbing over trucks in the commotion of an emergency.

Fundraising organizers said the PVFD has outgrown its current fire station, originally built in 1968 with an addition added in 1992. When the station was first constructed, the department had just two trucks. The current station does not meet the needs of the growing department. The department has six apparatuses, trucks, and only two garage doors in front.


Sumner Township Clerk Dave Ondrashek met with the Board of Supervisors Monday, Nov. 8, to review plans for the new fire station. Sumner Township utilizes the Protivin Fire Department for fire protection services and their share of the project, $140,000, is 20 percent of the total cost. They have saved tax revenue and done some fundraising but are short about $60,000. They are requesting funding from the Board of Supervisors for $60,000 to cover this portion.

The Protivin Volunteer Fire Department serves the entities within the Protivin Community Fire District: approximately 100 square miles of Howard, Chickasaw and Winneshiek counties and the City of Protivin. The department provides mutual aid to eight neighboring fire districts covering most of Howard County and a large part of Chickasaw and Winneshiek.