Page 17 - Salem Magazine Spring 2015
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                                 Emergency Renovation
Some of Salem’s best firefighters recently proved that they also have the ability to multi-task to improve their working environment. Personnel assigned to Station 3 just finished renovating their living quarters with a remodeling job that saved the city and taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Station 3 is located on Eddy Avenue and it was originally built to house just two to three people in an open space concept, but by the early 1990s five first responders were working out of that facility.
“Sleeping arrangements got to be a bit tight in that room, especially when we went to 24 hour shifts for our personnel in 2005,” says Matt Rickman, Salem Fire and EMS Deputy Chief.
So, this winter, they turned the one large room at the firehouse into four separate bunk rooms and converted an old office to the fifth bedroom in the facility.
“This not only gives our personnel more privacy but it is also more sanitary in case someone has a cold or is getting over an illness,” he says. “Having separate living spaces should really cut down on people getting sick.”
The Salem Fire and EMS Department is fortunate to have a core group of DIY experts who travel from station to station to make improvements to the fire stations ranging from framing and drywall to electrical and plumbing work. They lead the projects and the firefighters who live at the station also do their part.
     “Carrying lumber, helping hang dry wall, painting, helping with trim work and cleaning are done by these folks,” he says. “It’s really a first class job.” | SPRING 2015
         Civic Center Celebrates 25th D-III Hoops Title
 For 25 straight years, the road to an NCAA national championship has ended here in Salem.
The Salem Civic Center hosted its 25th consecutive NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship this past March 20 & 21. The team from Wisconsin Steven’s Point won the title for the fourth time inside the Civic Center.
Four teams from around the country earned a spot in the semifinal games in Salem – Augustana College from Rockville, Ill., Babson College from Boston, Ma., Wisconsin Stevens Point from Stevens Point, Wi. and Virginia Wesleyan from Norfolk.
The evening before the semifinal games featured a banquet by the Civic Center
staff on center court. For the post dinner entertainment, each team was represented by one of their captains and coaches talking about their experience of the event and the tough road to get to the championship.
Augustana defeated Babson in the first semifinal game and Wisconsin Stevens Point snuck by Virginia Wesleyan to advance to the championship. The Pointers then defeated Augustana for the title.

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