The Southwest Madison County Fire Department has officially opened its new $1.6 million station, which was funded by the county.
Fire coordinator Minor Norman said plans for the project were first drawn up in November 2017, with District Three Supervisor Gerald Steen and outgoing District Four Supervisor David Bishop heading it up.
“It’s been a long process,” Norman said.
The Southwest Madison County Fire Department, which is a volunteer department, currently has a nine fire rating.
“We wanted to get that fire rating lowered eventually to a seven,” Norman said, which would give the communities it services not only better fire protection, but also lower fire insurance costs.
Construction was completed in November, and the station was fully furnished recently. Norman said the county also supplied a new $327,000 firetruck for the station.
The station currently has 19 members on its volunteer staff. However, Norman said after the first of the year, they will hire a paid firefighter to man the station Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This will allow someone to be present for medical calls or take the engine out for fire response so that the volunteers may head straight to the call instead of running back to the station to get the truck.
The Southwest Madison County Fire Department covers parts of North Livingston, Robinson Springs Road, the Lake Cavalier area and the Lake Lorman area.