DACUSVILLE — Residents and city officials turned out Sunday for the dedication of a new fire station in the rural Dacusville community.
The station, known as “Dacusville Fire Station No. 2” will host the usual equipment — trucks, ladders, axes and hoses — but will remained unmanned.
“This is a good day for the district,” County Councilman Tom Ponder said at the ceremony. “When I first joined Council, and I’ve been there 12 years, I had no idea just how much I’d be talking about fire.”
Ponder discussed how far Dacusville’s rural fire protection had come, a progress he dedicated to the determination and hard work of the residents in the area.
“I sit at the meetings and hear what kinds of problems the other fire districts are having and I think, ‘well, we’ve had problems, but we haven’t had those kinds of problems here in Dacusville.’ And that goes directly to the spirit of community we have here. Stepping up. That’s what’s so special about Dacusville. The people and their willingness to help.”
The rural Dacusville Community encompasses several hundred households and Ponder stated that the increased fire protection provided by the newly dedicated station is hoped to offer some relief not only to homeowner’s peace of mind but also as it pertains to their insurance insurance bills.
“Even though this station isn’t manned, the equipment is here so response time will be faster,” he said. “I hope we’ll see some improvement with the area’s ISO rating.”
The dedication was concluded with the ceremonial “uncoupling of the hose” — a fireman’s equivalent to a ribbon cutting — attended by the board members, chief, former chief and other county officials.
“It’s here and I’m glad it’s here,” said one woman who attended the dedication. “Now let’s hope we don’t have to use it.”
Dacusville Fire Station No. 2 is located at 120 Hamilton Road and with the exception of the chief, is entirely volunteer based.
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