Fire Vol­un­teers Set­tling In

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

Good­man fire of­fi­cials are set­tling into their new sta­tion on East Rus­sell Street, just north of its for­mer lo­ca­tion.

The depart­ment moved into the two build­ings, which span 8,400 square feet, in May, said Good­man Fire Chief Keith Estes. Though some air com­pres­sor lines still need to be added, vol­un­teers are fin­ish­ing up de­tails while be­ing able to work out of the fa­cil­ity, he said.

The two build­ings fea­ture enough room for all the fire en­gines, equip­ment, plus meet­ing rooms, of­fice space and re­strooms.

The $305,000 price tag in­cluded the two build­ings, the prop­erty and all the util­i­ties, Estes said.

Be­ing able to com­bine all op­er­a­tions and stor­age of all fire re­sponse ve­hi­cles has been a real plus, since the April 2017 tor­nado dam­aged the main fire sta­tion and the sta­tion across the street, he said. For more than a year, fire of­fi­cials housed some of their equip­ment at Choice Pup­pies. Now, all the equip­ment and fire emer­gency ve­hi­cles are com­pletely moved over, he said.

Funds for the pur­chase of the prop­erty came from in­sur­ance money, a set­tle­ment from the tor­nadic de­struc­tion. Other money came from the re­serve fund, Estes said.

“We were able to do it with no tax in­creases,” he said.

The pos­si­bil­ity for the fa­cil­ity at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion came af­ter pri­vate cit­i­zens John and Misty Farmer ap­proached the Good­man Area Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict. They had uti­lized the back half of the old lum­ber­yard, Estes said, and built a large build­ing next to an ex­ist­ing one, just north of the old main lo­ca­tion.

The of­fer seemed the per­fect fit for fire of­fi­cials. Though the build­ings need to be fin­ished off some, the square footage and lo­ca­tion are great for vol­un­teer fire crews, Estes said.

The dis­trict also op­er­ates two other fire sta­tions: one at Split­log and one on Sor­rels Road.

The new main fa­cil­ity, how­ever, will be able to al­low vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers to re­spond to any fire in­ci­dent that hap­pens in town, Estes said.

SALLY CAR­ROLL/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Terry Cook, forestry crew leader with the Mis­souri Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (left), hands a grant check to Good­man Fire Chief Keith Estes. The grant is part of the Vol­un­teer Fire As­sis­tance Grant which is be­ing dis­trib­uted to ru­ral fire de­part­ments in July and Au­gust. Ap­prox­i­mately 174 fire de­part­ments are re­ceiv­ing checks for up to $4,000 to help with the pur­chase of gear and equip­ment to aid fire de­part­ments to sup­press wild­fires.

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