Volunteer fire department seeks assistance to complete new fire station

Posted at 3:21 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 19:59:39-04

A volunteer fire department is asking for community support to finish its new fire station.

The Elm Volunteer Fire & Rescue is hoping to raise $12,000, which will help to complete the work needed to be done before they can move into the new building in the 100 block of Leo Street. The funds will help pave the pavement, install drywall and add plumbing fixtures. 

The department currently parks its trucks in a 1,250-square-foot building it shares with the water department.

"One of our trucks is almost bumper to bumper to the walls when backed in," Cole said.

The new building, which is 5,000 square feet, is four times larger than the current building. 

"For us to grow as a department and be able handle more challenging things as time goes on, we really needs this space," Elm Mott Fire and Rescue Lt. Kevin Cole said.

Members of the fire department who own their own businesses have also been providing their services and encouraging others to donate.

Robert Waltisperger with Robert's Truck and Equipment is one of them. 

"I'm trying to get the community together and build something better for the community," Waltisperger said.

The department collected $130,000 for eight years through fundraisers and community event in order to purchase the property for the new fire station.

To make a donation, you can contact the department through Facebook or call 254-829-0543.

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