New Fire Hall for Hamilton County
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Hamilton county has 86 trained firefighters that don’t cost taxpayers a penny.
They’re volunteers with Tri-Community Fire Department and this morning they inaugurated a brand new fire station in Apison.
County leaders joined local representatives and many of the volunteers to open station 3 on Park Place.
After years of discussions and planning, the county provided 2 point 3 million dollars for the new building, which is more than twice the size of the old station.
It features quarters for volunteers to live there full time, and also has a community meeting room.
“1966 we had a budget of 4000-dollars, and we ran 70 calls. Last year, we responded to 2172 calls, and we’re already up to 2040 this year. So, we’re busy and we do it all with volunteers,” said Chief Duanne Pitts of the Tri-Community Fire Department.
Chief Pitts is a 50-year veteran of the Tri-Community department.