The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) held an open house for the Colmar fire station on Saturday. The event followed a rather successful open house in Arjay approximately a month ago.
“The open house is going pretty good,” said BCVFD Public Relations Officer Bucky Shelby. “I’d just like to see the community of Colmar come out and support their community and get some members for their station so they can have a station they can be proud of.”
Shelby said they are hoping the open house creates enough community interest to open the Colmar Station by May. He said there were seven or more people who filled out applications to be volunteer firefighters at the open house.
“That’s what it takes to open a station and build a station — the community involvement and people willing to give their time and their self to volunteer to be a firefighter,” said Shelby. “Hopefully, we can get enough community interest generated from this event that we’ll start getting people from Colmar interested.”
It takes about six to 12 members to open a fully staffed station and get it up and running, according to Shelby. He said having a station in Colmar will help the community.
“It’s very important to have a station here in Colmar,” said Shelby. “The next closest station to this area if they get something (a call) is headquarters.”
Shelby said although the delay in response is not that big, time is still of the essence when there is an emergency. He said having the station in Colmar will cut down the response time for any situation.
Those interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter can pick up an application at BCVFD headquarters, located off U.S. 119 behind the Page School Center. People can also pick up an application during training classes at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at headquarters.
After a person applies to be a firefighter, the application will be voted on by the members of the BCVFD.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.