|Posted by cherokee.creek on November 4, 2018 at 5:55 PM|
Our last post was requesting support from the community for our request for a Tax Millage increase to fund a new fire station. How fitting is it that the next post would be to announce the opening of that new fire station!! Operations were moved to the new fire station, located at 455 Buck Shoals Rd on October 9, 2018.
The 13,000 square foot facility is complete with a large training room, kitchen, conference room , administartive offices, sleeping quarters, and an exercise room for firefighters. In the future, the training room will also be made available for the use of the community for special events. Our theme while in the design process was "building for the future". Over the last several years we have seen our community grow. With this growth comes the added need for emergency services. We wanted another building that would take us into the future. We know that sooner rather than later, call volume will demand 24 hour coverage and more people.
During this process we also wanted to incorporate firefighter safety. These days, more firefighters are loosing their lives to cancer than anything else. Some are still on the job and some have retired. It is no secret that this cancer is undoubtably from things that they came in contact with through their years of service. One of many ways that departments across the Country are combatting this epedemic is washing firefighter's turnout gear. This gear, after a fire, is soaked in cancer causing carcinogens that will remain there and be transfered to the firefighter everytime they touch it. However, you cannot was this gear in a regular washing machine. We incorporated an area in this new station to put this specially made washer and dryer. Thankfully, just a month prior to the building's completion we learned that we had been awarded an $18,000 FEMA Assistance to Firefighter's Grant for this equipment.
Again we thank our community for your continued support. We hope that when you see this new station that you are proud. Feel free to stop by at anytime to see us and well show you around.