CFPD begins new project

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cassville Fire Protection District (CFPD) firefighters, board members and project managers gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future CFPD fire station on Sept. 11.

The new 7,000-square-foot facility will be located on Sale Barn Road, across from Fasco Industries, in Cassville. The building will include a 5,600-square-feet area with seven truck bays and a maintenance bay.

The remaining 1,400 square feet of the facility will feature several administrative offices, restrooms, a laundry area and storage.

Since its formation in November of 2004, the CFPD has been temporarily housed in the Kime building on Sale Barn Road. The district has been planning to construct a new station to house all fire district equipment and meet ISO community service requirements for the last two years.

Board members have decided that a centrally located station, within the Cassville City limits, and substations to the north and south will be needed to provide service to all CFPD residents and adhere to the five-mile road radius requirement set by ISO.

In August of 2005, the CFPD purchased the six-acre building site on Sale Barn Road from Rosetta Keen. Since that time, board members have been developing plans for a central station that will be functional and appealing. Jack Ball and Associates is serving as project architect.

The board accepted a proposed bid from Powers Construction last month. Rick Powers will serve as project contractor, and Roger Henry will serve as project superintendent.

In August, construction crews began dirt work for the new fire station, which could be completed by early February of 2007.

In addition to the central fire station, the CFPD is currently leasing a facility at Highways AA and 112 to serve as a southern substation. Plans for a northern substation have been tabled due to current finances.

CFPD board members are: Gary Fields, Don Bowen, Carl Buchanan, Mike Bailey and Gary Davis.

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