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Hoxie FD raising money for new station in Minturn

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HOXIE, AR (KAIT)- The Hoxie Fire Department is raising money to build a fire station in the city of Minturn.

Assistant Fire Chief Will Tate said the new interstate will split Hwy 67 and Hwy 91 which will take firefighters longer to respond to calls in Minturn.

Tate said they don't have a specific amount in mind but hopes to have the project complete by 2015.

"By having a station and a truck there you're looking at it taking 6 to 8 minutes from getting here to there down to 2 to 3 minutes by having a truck on the scene," Tate said.

He said building a substation in Minturn could also improve their ISO rating. The ratings range from 10 to 1 with 1 being the best. Minturn currently has a rating of 9.

"With the station in Minturn, we're able to get to somebody quicker whether they're house is on fire and they're in need of an ambulance," Tate said.

He said a station will also be beneficial to Minturn residents when the interstate is complete because it will split the fire district in half.

"It's going to limit out access to other roads, whereas we use to be able to go to on hwy 67 and cut across county road 712 but we're not going to be able to do that with the construction of the interstate," he said.

Along with fundraisers and grants, Hoxie Fire Department also started a voluntary membership drive.

"If you live in the fire district of Hoxie we are charging $30 a year for residential, $60 for commercial and $90 for flying service," Tate said. "If you don't pay it that doesn't mean that we're not going to show up and do our best to help you in every way we can."

Tate said they have a responsibility to the people outside the city limits as well as within.  

"Anytime we can do what we do to save money for the homeowners and for the citizens we serve, that is a great service," he said. "Precious seconds count because for every minute that fire doubles in size and for every second you're looking at loss of life, brain cells or heart tissue."

A Minturn resident is willing to lease her property for the new fire station. If you would like to make a donation you can call 970-886-5722.

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