Posted: Mar 12, 2013 10:16 AM
Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support the construction of a new fire station in the city of Flemingsburg in Fleming County.
The new facility will reduce the safety risks Flemingsburg fighterfighters face at their current fire station and provide the community's residents with a more efficient and effective emergency response service.
"Response time for firefighters can mean the difference between life and death for the citizens they serve," said Gov. Beshear. "This new fire station in Flemingsburg will provide firefighters with the quality facility that they need to quickly respond to calls and effectively serve the community as it continues to grow."
Originally constructed in 1969, the current Flemingsburg fire station is located on an unsafe site in the city's floodplain. It is situated over a stream that flows under the structure by way of a box culvert. The culvert has collapsed in another section close to the fire station, raising concerns about the dependability of the culvert at station. Additionally, the station's entrance is positioned a few hundred feet away from a hill, forcing firefighters to stop traffic along the busy street outside of the firehouse to allow for the trucks to pull out safely when the department is dispatched.
The Flemingsburg Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for serving more than 6,800 households in Fleming County. To meet the needs of the growing community, the department needs an expanded space to house their firefighting equipment. The current Flemingsburg fire station has exceeded capacity, as the unit has to maneuver six fire trucks into a single triple bay, leaving little room for storage of necessary equipment.
The new Flemingsburg fire station will offer significantly more space than the current facility and it will be located on a convenient, safe site outside of the floodplain along KY-11. The station will be approximately 8,000 square feet and include four drive-through double bays, two offices, a meeting room, a decontamination area, a utility room, restrooms, and a storage area. The new facility will also allow the firefighters to store all of their needed equipment in an easily accessible, centralized location.
"Providing fire protection for our citizens is very important to me," said Sen. Walter Blevins. "The construction of a new station in Flemingsburg will ensure that fire service is extended to additional families and will give our firefighters a home base for equipment and vehicles. I am glad I could be a part of getting funding for construction of this fire station."
"The Flemingsburg Fire Department does such a wonderful job, and the funding for this fire department is much needed," said Rep. Mike Denham. "As first responders they are critical to the community, and they both deserve and need a facility that will adequately handle their needs."
The state's CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky's Congressional leaders' ongoing support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.