Marquette County to lease pole barn to house rescue team

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board voted tonight to hopefully put a temporary fix on a lingering problem.

The board voted to use lease a vacant pole barn, owned by the city of Ishpeming, to house the county’s Rescue 131.

Meanwhile, the county hopes to build a facility of their own.

“It would be our own facility owned an operated by the county,” said Gerry Corkin, Marquette County Board Chairman. “That’s our long–term goal but we have to be prepared in the short–term with a place for the equipment to go and be accessible to US–41 because it’s very valuable in case of accidents on US–41.”

The rescue service has until September 24th to vacate their current location, which is located behind the Michigan State Police post in Negaunee.

The Marquette County Rescue unit 131 is a rescue team that specializes in technical rescuing, along with vehicle extrication and more.