The Russellville Rural Fire Department’s “Corinth Substation 5” is well on its way to becoming a reality. The building is up and work on the inside is coming along.
The substation, which will act as an arm of the Russellville Rural Department in an area that has been in need of additional fire protection, is located on Hwy. 100 a few miles from the Russellville city limits and the city/county airport.
“The building outside is 99 percent complete and the inside is coming along as well,” said Russellville Rural Fire Chief Cheryl Allen. “Sheet rock is up and painting will start this week, then the tile on the floor.”
There is a little more landscaping to be done on the outside, but according to Allen, things are moving very fast at this point to finish the project on time.
“The quality of work being done is great. This station will be very nice for the community when it’s a finished product,” chief Allen said.
The contractor hired to complete the project is David Dilliha, Jr. He and others have been working on the project since spring 2014.
In 2008 the first quest of getting bids on the project began to allow the department to see exactly how much it would cost to build a substation. The department listened to a large portion of the population out Hwy. 100 who wanted to see a substation built that would not only add additional fire protection, but also lower their home owners insurance.
A search for land began and in June 2010 and property was promised to the department by Sandra Gacio, who is related to Russellville Rural’s Assistant Chief, Darrell Rogers. In July 2011 the property was deeded to the Russellville Rural Fire Department by Sandy Gacio in memory of Dorris “D.T.” Rogers.
In October of 2011 a special meeting was called by the department board and members of the community of Corinth at the Corinth Church. Donations began on this night for the project from members of the community.
Chief Allen, with approval of the board, decided to seek additional funds through a grant from the Carpenter Foundation in 2012 in an effort to get the project moving. The department received the grant in 2013.
In March of 2013 the department accepted bids for the station, and later that year, the work began.
“We had a very cold winter so work was slow and some of the permitting was lengthy,” said chief Allen. “Blueprints called for more concrete than we had originally planned, but Lord willing by the end of August 2014, the building will be 100 percent complete.”
Chief Allen says she and the department would like to thank all those who have contributed to this project and have waited patiently.
“The RRFD would like to say a big thanks to the Carpenter Foundation and the Logan Count Fiscal Court. Without their support we would not be where we are today with this project to help our community,” chief Allen said.
The new substation building will be a part of the Historical tour this fall in October.
“We are very proud of this substation and what it means to the citizens in this area, which is more protection and insurance reductions,” said chief Allen.
An open house will be held as soon as the project is completed.