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2008-01-31

Groundbreaking heralds new HQ for Pipe Creek VFD

By David Arny

Members of the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department moved a step closer to having a brand new fire station with a Sunday, January 20 groundbreaking ceremony, held next to the department’s present headquarters on FM 1283 and Heisler Road.

The building currently called home by the PCVFD was erected by volunteers in 1972 and is slated to become a site for community events and fundraisers, in addition to providing space for equipment storage.

The 32 members of the PCVFD thank the community for the generous support they have given, which made it possible for the department to continue keeping area residents and property owners safe, said a spokesman.

When completed, the new building will be more than doubled in size, and contain four drive-through bays - an area large enough to house eight firefighting vehicles. Planners also allocated room for a 33-person training facility, in addition to dorm space for eight individuals.

Wells Fargo Bank will finance $300,000 of the $385,000 price tag for the new station. The PCVFD is a non-profit association and receives no county, state or federal funding. It provides essential services to the community solely through tax-deductible donations and a dues system of $28 per year - far less than it would cost to residents should an emergency services taxing district be formed.

Don Boyd, a 20-year veteran of the PCVFD and its 2007 treasurer, pointed out that the volunteers who serve do so without compensation of any kind, including reimbursement for time off from their regular jobs or compensation for gas used in their personal vehicles while driving to and from the fire station.
“They do it for one reason and one reason only - the satisfaction they get from helping out their neighbors,” said Boyd.