Potosi VFD Reminding People of the Need for a New Station

Published 04/16 2014 08:44PM

Updated 04/17 2014 09:28AM

Its been a five-year process, but the need for a new fire station in Potosi is still very important.

So far, the Potosi Volunteer Fire Department has raised $60,000 out of their Phase 1 goal of $250,000. Earlier this month, the department created a new flier in hopes to remind people how detrimental and important building a station is.

"We're just getting to the point where we're really having to push to get this done," David Spraberry, a Potosi VFD captain said. "We're simply running out of space."

The flier states that the current station is not adequate to meet their growing needs. Their problems include vehicles having to be stored outside, dirt floor on half of the station, and flooding during a stormy weather. According to Spraberry, Potosi is growing to the point that they are needing to update their equipment.

"As we replace and update equipment, those vehicles become larger and take more space," Spraberry says.

The biggest issue is the lack of room and inability to expand, but fixing the problem isn't a walk in the park. They already operate 95% of their yearly funds through donations.

"The economy we've had over the last few years has not been a good thing for this type of project," adds Spraberry.

They will use the new flier to advertise upcoming events for the department. Two events will be hosted next month and two others in June.

The new fire station would help approximately 20 volunteer firefighters who currently serve. The new station would be located off Clark Road and Key Lane and will obtain a lease from the county.

If you would like to donate for the project, visit their website at PotosiFireDepartment.com.

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