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Somerville volunteer fire station on Cut Off Road nearly complete

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

SOMERVILLE — Work is nearing completion on a Somerville Area Volunteer Emergency Services fire station at Alabama 67 and Cut Off Road.

Chuck Ray, president of SAVES board of directors, said the $225,000 building will replace old Station 1 that adjoins Town Hall. He said firefighters will determine how to use that building.

SAVES operates Station 2 on Perkinswood Road and Station 3 on River Road.

Ray said Peoples Bank donated about two acres for the new station. He said the construction money came from property taxes and firefighter fundraisers.

“The building is 60 feet by 100 feet with three drive-through bays capable of housing up to six trucks,” he said. “We put a second story on a 30-foot by 60-foot portion of the building for offices and training rooms.”

Ray said the department has 35 active firefighters who ran 640 fire calls and emergency medical services calls in 2006.

SAVES got a $199,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency last year for the department’s first-ever new firetruck. The department just received another FEMA grant for $81,786 to buy turnout gear.

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