The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) held a celebration for the reopening of the Arjay fire station on Saturday. People from the Arjay community gathered at the station and were treated to food and drinks.
After being closed since December 2011, the fire truck returned to the station March 14.
“It’s a blessing from God because so many people here need the fire protection,” said Bernadine Mills, whose family donated the building for the fire station back when the BCVFD first opened. “It could save a life.”
Mills credited the new BCVFD board of directors for reopening the station.
“The fire department is vital to everybody. It needs to be throughout Bell County and that is the aim of the new board that everybody in Bell County is protected by the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department,” said Mills.
Arjay Capt. Adron Wilson also said he was ecstatic that the fire station is back open and that he has rededicated himself to the fire department for at least two more years.
“I’m glad that the station is open and helping everybody within a five mile radius of this station out on their insurance,” said Wilson. “The only thing we are really lacking at this point and time is members that can jump down here and get this truck out when I’m working.”
BCVFD President Roy Amburgy said the Arjay community, BCVFD and the Mills’ are responsible for getting the fire station back up and running again. He said the board has always had a goal to get the fire department back to where it was in 2007.
“Our goal is to gradually move toward all other stations and get them open,” said Amburgy.
Amburgy said those who want to volunteer would need to go to the captain of the station in their community. He then said the company of that station would discuss who wants to volunteer, sign off and bring it before the fire department as a whole. Then proper paperwork would have to be filed.
“It’s easy to volunteer,” said Amburgy. “We need volunteers.”
Amburgy said the department is still financially strapped but are continuing to negotiate a contract with the Bell County Fiscal Court.
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