Goodman Fire Department adds another station to its district

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A volunteer fire department is adding another station to the district, hoping to save crucial minutes in response time.

“It can be the difference between saving a house and it being a total loss,” says Keith Estes, Goodman Fire Chief.

A new fire station in the Goodman area will save crucial minutes in response time.

“10 minutes possibly for a lot of people. 5 to 10 minutes very easily,” says Keith Estes.

A project three years in the works- 

“At that time we did not have firefighters in this location, so we were coming from town,” says Estes.

The Goodman Area Fire Protection now has a satellite station in split log.

“This station just extends having further apparatus into the district,” says Estes.

The facility will house trucks and equipment for when firefighters respond to calls in the area. And not only will the new fire station benefit residents in terms of response rates, but it could also help with other rates as well.

“People that are within 5 miles of an established station it will help with their insurance rates,” says Estes.

With just some finishing touches left, the fire department will finally be completed in the near future.

“We still obviously have to do some driveways here, get some rock hauled in for that. We’ve got to put heat into the building. We still don’t have water onsite here. I’m not sure when we will look at doing that,” says Estes.

The fire department has $100 thousand dollars invested in the building. Chief Estes says it is already being used, as firefighters were recently able to respond to a brush fire.

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