In March, the department applied for a $78,000 grant for a new house designed to reach a wider age range, including the middle school and the older adult population.
“We knew it was a long shot,” said Hamilton Fire Chief Mark Mercer. “But we were hoping.”
The current house can be used for fire safety during summertime Safety Town, but taking it on the road to schools is out of the question because of its condition.
“It is old, things have been repaired and repaired again,” the chief said.
Until its rehab, Mercer said the Fairfield Twp. Fire Department has loaned its fire safety house to Hamilton for use in area schools.
Mercer said the department will seek private funding or have a fundraiser to get the current house mobile again.