The Alexis, Osceola, and Kirk’s Grove communities are one step closer to having a new fire station. A community meeting was held Saturday morning at the Kirk’s Grove Clubhouse where McCord’s Fire Department Chief Rich Lindsey addressed a crowd of about seventy-five residents about the new sub-station that the department is opening.
Chief Lindsey stated that the affected communities can expect to see about a five to nine-minute reduction in response times allowing the department to better serve the affected communities. EMA Director Shawn Rogers stated that the fire stations across the county are the pillars of their communities making them stronger, better prepared, and more resilient when disaster strikes. Chief Lindsey and Spring Creek Fire Chief Jamey Walker shared the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for their respective departments and explained how the departments are working together to lower homeowner’s insurance rates for about 750 residents as a result of the new station.
The total cost of the project is $90,000. $33,300 has been obtained through an USDA Rural Development grant. Chief Lindsey said Saturday’s event was very successful with the department raising over $9,000 in contributions and commitments for the new station, bringing the total donations raised to nearly $20,000. They need raise about $37,000 more to complete the project. If you missed the meeting and would like to donate or volunteer with the department, please call Chief Lindsey at 256-484-1229.