It took several years, but in a few short months, there will be a brand new fire department for one Webster County city.
The extremely small Clay Fire Department will soon be replaced with a building twice the size of their old one.
Planning for the building took six years, but it's coming together. Clay Fire Chief Jeremy Moore says the new department will improve response time.
He also says crucial vehicles will now be housed inside the facility instead of outside. The new station also came at no cost to Clay residents.
"This is 100 percent state funded, so no tax dollars from the City of Clay had to be used to build the facility. It was all built with coal severance funds," Moore says.
The project will add up to around $250,000, but it's money well spent.
"We'll have an improved training area. We'll have an area where we can house firefighters in the event of a disaster and we'll be able to man the station if needed," Moore shares.
Officials say that barring anymore snow in the area, the new station should be up and running in June.
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