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Refurbished, new fire stations improve county fire protection

Fire protection continues to be a priority in protecting Lafayette Count residents.

Recently, refurbishing the Lafayette Springs fire station was completed.

Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Wes Anderson said one bay was enclosed to create a meeting room, central heat and air conditioning was added and two bathrooms were updated. The outside of the building, which was built in the 90s, was also painted. He said the total cost was just under $30,000.

“It’s also a voting precinct, so poll workers will enjoy the comfort of a climate control station,” Anderson said.

Land donated by developer JW Mcurdy is also be cleared for a new fire station on Highway 6 in the Tuscan Hills area. The station will be similar to the fire station that opened last year on Highway 30.

“We hope to get it out for bid in a couple weeks,” Anderson said. The cost of the fire station is expected to be slightly higher than the $400,000 price tag for the fire station on Highway 30. Anderson is hoping the fire station could be operation by the end of the year.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Anderson said.

Once operational, the county will have 15 volunteer fire stations.