By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
The Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department will have a new fire station by Fall 2020.
Bolivar County Administrator Will Hooker said the station is “long overdue” and that county firefighters need more space.
“The fire station has been in the works for a few years,” Hooker said. “In the current location, the fire department has outgrown that place.”
Hooker said that the station would serve not only the firefighters but also the numerous vehicles that they use for various responsibilities.
“A lot of our emergency response (vehicles) would actually have to be outside in the weather,” Hooker said. “The new location would be right there adjacent to Battalion 1 where the old Nancy’s Cleaners used to be. This expansion was to aid with a lot of our expensive equipment being left outside. We’ve even had some to be damaged in the past because of the weather.”
The new station is estimated to be a 12,000 square foot location.
It will include eight bays for vehicle storage, amenities for the volunteer firemen and more room to conduct training exercises.
Hooker praised the work of the BCVFD and said its work does not go unnoticed.
“We have an all-volunteer fire department that serves our entire county,” Hooker said. “They assist some in the municipalities as well but Bolivar County being the second-largest land mass county, you’re talking about roughly 1,000 square miles. If you look at the call sheets, they do a tremendous job.
“If a citizen were to ever pinpoint the amount of hours that our volunteer firemen or our emergency workers do, it would cost this county thousands and thousands of dollars.
“I know that every citizen appreciates it but not only do they appreciate the effort that our volunteers do, the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors do as well.”
Last week the board approved a bid from Timbo’s Construction of Cleveland in the amount of $2,214,896.
The bid will include security camera installation and secure doorways and sensors that will monitor entries and exits.