• October 23, 2014

Nolanville fire department needs funds for renovations

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:30 am

NOLANVILLE — Late-shift volunteers often have to crouch and dodge the station’s low-slung roof if they want to catch some shut eye. The bunk area’s 4-foot ceiling is one of the many improvements Jason Worsdale, chief of the Central Bell County Fire and Rescue station, hopes to raise enough money to fix in upcoming months.

“The people that volunteer and give all their time and energy here to support deserve better than what they’ve got,” he said.

Needing at least $80,000 annually to keep the lights on, the station is trying to raise $150,000 to fund needed renovations and repairs. Worsdale expanded this year’s fundraising to include gofundme.com, a kickstarter-like web page for individuals and organizations. So far, the station has raised $1,215 from 15 donors.

“Our guys have slowly been going out-of-pocket (to pay for renovations,)” he said. “We’ve been working on the kitchen, replacing the floors and the walls because they were moldy.”

The volunteers also created and paid for a new lieutenant and captain’s office in December.

The station has gone 15 years relatively untouched since it was built in 1990. The garage’s spray-on insulation is noticeably chipped away, leaving fire trucks’ tanked water supply in danger of freezing during cold spells.

There are obvious cracks and potholes in the small, somewhat paved ramp leading to the garage.

The larger parking lot used by both city officials and station volunteers remains in its original, chalky gravel state.

In general, the temperature of the entire station fluctuates due to poor insulation.

“This (station) is our home away from home,” said Justin Russell, volunteer lieutenant colonel firefighter.

“We spend most of our (night shifts) upstairs, and some of the guys want to have better sleeping areas. ... The ceiling is just short.”

Forty-three total volunteers actively work 12-hour shifts and split one bathroom and one standing shower, Worsdale said. He thinks the crew has just outgrown the building.

“There are one or two competitive grants that you can put in for,” he said, referring to financial aid for stations. “And we’ve put in for these grants, but nationwide everyone is going for them.”

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4 comments:

  • Firefighter posted at 5:51 pm on Sat, Mar 8, 2014.

    Firefighter Posts: 2

    Well, getting the media on board was believed to be the best way, so far it's been ineffective. The problem is the signed contract for CBCFR (Central Bell County Fire Rescue) and the city. The fire department get's $25,000 yearly, Engine-12 (the big red and white truck that has been gone for a year now) has a yearly payment of $27,000. So the department doesn't get enough money to even cover ONE truck! The rest of the funds come from the county. Plus the fire department has to pay all of its own bills, electric, water, gas, fuel, insurance, and with 24/7 coverage from all volunteers those bills are crazy high! The police department gets $317,217 a year.

    The best way to spread our cause is by people like you! Tell, your friends, neighbors, whoever. We need the citizens to know about this and support us, like we support you! CBCFR is the only volunteer fire department in the area to run shifts like a paid fire department, ensuring a crew is always there. However, it comes at a cost. We loose a lot of great firefighters because they feel like they are unappreciated, and because of the conditions they are forced to stay in, while every other department in the city gets more money than us. Look at the cities expenditures, we are the second to last priority (at least in terms of funds, Capital EMS gets $50K a year, we get the other 25). Are you a citizen of Nolanville, by chance?

     
  • Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er posted at 1:13 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er Posts: 238

    Thanks for the invite...

    Isn't there a way to raise awareness for your cause.
    I just so happened to be reading the paper on line and saw this article.

    It is truly unbelievable that a city would allow a fire department, especially a VOLUNTEER department to deteriorate like Nolanville's has. Does your Mayor and Council not care?

    Please know that there are many that appreciate all that you fire fighters do!
    God Bless and Be Safe!

     
  • Firefighter posted at 10:20 pm on Fri, Feb 14, 2014.

    Firefighter Posts: 2

    As a member of that department I really appreciate your response. I just wish more of the citizens knew about our problems and what's really going on inside that station. Feel free to come up anytime.

     
  • Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er posted at 9:20 am on Fri, Feb 14, 2014.

    Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er Posts: 238


    How can this be...Nolanville's fire department is in much need of repairs they are asking for donations,plus the living conditions for the firefighters, but the city can afford...$9,000 to install 10 14-foot, iron-clad lamp posts with ornamental acorn-shaped luminary tops.

    Nolanville wants wanted to improve the downtown image with some decorative street lighting.”
    Image...when your fire department looks like it does...please.

    Unbelievable...the city can spend $9,000 on DECORATIVE street lamps when the fire department is in much need of repairs! The firefighters are not talking about a new building, which is much needed, but repairs.

    Where are Nolanvilles priorities....You would think taking care of Nolanville's VOLUNTEER firefighters and the station would be a top priority.

    It's time for new leadership in Nolanville...that alone will improve the city's image!

     

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