Hoxie FD raising money for new station in Minturn

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 astation and a truck there you're looking at it taking 6 to 8 minutes fromgetting 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 theirISO rating. The ratings range from 10 to 1 with 1 being the best. Minturncurrently has a rating of 9.

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

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

"It's goingto limit out access to other roads, whereas we use to be able to go to on hwy67 and cut across county road 712 but we're not going to be able to do thatwith the construction of the interstate," he said.

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

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

Tate saidthey have a responsibility to the people outside the city limits as well aswithin.

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

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

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