A second fire substation is being built in Logan County, and members of the fiscal court are putting their money where their mouth is by contributing $30,000 to the Lewisburg Fire Department.
The body gave $30,000 to the Russellville Rural Fire Department a few years ago to build a substation in the Corinth community a few miles out Hwy. 100. Magistrates had said then they would be willing to help fund these types of projects in the county as long as departments had done their due diligence and had money to put towards the effort.
The Lewisburg Fire Department has been discussing a substation for years, wanting to cover a larger area and help the community by offering protection beyond their base of operation. The substation will be built in Epley Station, right beside the Epley Baptist Church where 2.7 areas was donated to the department by Barry Phillips. The department purchased another half acre from the state for $1,600 making the property for the substation a little over three acres.
Lieutenant Lonnie Epley of the Lewisburg Fire Department, along with his son and fellow firefighter Jonathan Epley spoke to the fiscal court Tuesday. Feb. 23 requesting financial support. The department already had $30,000 to put toward the $60,000 project, and said they would not go any further with the plan if they could not get all the money needed.
“We’ve already completed the pad work for the building and are talking with North Logan Water about a line,” said Jonathan Epley. Freddie Vaughn donated his time and labor to site preparation.
According to Jonathan there are seven firefighters living within a three mile radius of the substation site, with another four within five miles. These firefighters can respond to calls in that area very quickly.
The substation site is approximately 4.8 miles form the Lewisburg Fire Station, and approximately 5 miles form the Russellville Rural station, said Jonathan.
“We have a lot of dedicated firefighters in the county. It doesn’t matter whose area or whose run it is, we work together,” said Lonnie.
The substation will be a basic build and will house a 2007 Class A 1,000 gallon pumper. Also housed will be the necessary equipment needed to answer a run, as well as a Jaws of Life.
According to Lonnie Epley there have been 235 calls in that area alone the past three years.
“There are many reasons we chose this site. Number one, the land was donated to us and number two, a lot of incidents occur is this area,” said Lonnie.
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin said he had a substation in his district, and everyone loved it.
“The court gave $30,000 to the substation in my district and the community appreciates it,” said Bouldin.
Those who live within a five mile radius of a fire station usually receive a discount on their homeowner’s insurance. However, Lonnie said he and the Lewisburg Fire Department are not going to make any promises.
“We won’t guarantee homeowners will get their insurance lowered, that’s up to the homeowner and their insurance provider,” said Lonnie. “But the way I understand it, if you are in five miles of a fire department you can get a break. But we aren’t going to go out here and tell everyone that.”
Jonathan said that anytime you see a fire department near your house it’s going to make the residents feel better.
Magistrate Dickie Carter made the motion to contribute the $30,000 to the Lewisburg Fire Department. Magistrate Jo Orange thanked the department for all they do to keep Logan County safe.
The funds will be taken from contingency.
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