Additional fire protection will soon be available thanks to the Lewisburg Fire Department, which is in the midst of constructing a substation in Epley Station. This will be the second substation built in Logan County, the other being in the Corinth community out Hwy. 100 near the Russellville Airport.
A substation helps fire departments branch out to cover more territory at a quicker response time. It also sometimes helps homeowners within a five mile radius receive a discount on their homeowners insurance.
“We should be done within a month,” said Lonnie Epley, a long-serving fireman of the Lewisburg Fire Department. Epley said construction on the substation is well underway and thanks to its many supporters, the Epley Station community will benefit if they are ever in need of first responders or fire protection.
The new substation is located beside two churches, is less then one mile from Logan Aluminum, is approximately 4.8 miles form the Lewisburg Fire Station, and is approximately 5 miles form the Russellville Rural station. There are 10 Lewisburg firefighters who live within five miles of the substation, who can respond to a call immediately. The department will house a pumper truck and a brush truck at the substation, as well as all the necessary equipment needed to answer a run, plus a Jaws of Life.
Logan County Fiscal Court contributed $30,000 to both substations believing the contribution would help the citizens in Logan County, but also because both the Lewisburg Fire Department and Russellville Rural Fire Department worked hard at fundraising and coming up with a chunk of the funds themselves to help pay for the projects.
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 2.7 areas the substation will reside 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. The department already had $30,000 to put toward the $60,000 project.
According to Epley there have been 235 calls in that area alone the past three years. “A lot of incidents occur is this area,” said Epley.
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