Fire station planned near Cedar Creek Lake

January 22, 2004|EMILY BURTON

CRAB ORCHARD - Firefighters at Lincoln County Station 2 in Crab Orchard are looking forward to having a little more breathing room this year as plans for a new county fire station begin to take form, plans that would bring their equipment in from the cold as well.

Bids for construction of the new station will be accepted this month by the Fire Protection District Board of Trustees. The station is needed to alleviate crowding at the cramped Crab Orchard city fire station, where firefighters from the city and the county share quarters and juggle parking spaces for equipment.

"Right now we have four pieces of apparatus to go in the building," said Chief Roger Brown, who guessed the number of firefighters to be housed about 25.

According to Brown, the station currently has three vehicles that stay parked outside due to lack of space, which is one major drawback of sharing a station with the city.


"Sometimes it is (an issue) as far as getting a truck started outside when it's cold out. We have to house the tanker truck in another location so it doesn't freeze," said Brown.

The new station will be located by Cedar Creek Lake, as close to the city limits as possible to preserve the city's fire protection rating.

The cost of the station would fall in part on the shoulders of the county, but Brown said state grants or loans, if necessary, would help pick up the tab.

"We're looking at different options. Judge-Executive (Ronald "Buckwheat") Gilbert, I think, plans to help us through a grant," said Brown.

Brown said the board of trustees will take bids for two weeks and then meet in February to discuss them during its monthly meeting.

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