After being closed just over two years, the Colmar Fire Station officially reopened on Saturday.
“I’m ecstatic about opening the station up,” said Bell County Volunteer Fire Department President Adron Wilson. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve promised the people of Bell County we were going to open all the stations back up and today’s the day for the Colmar station.”
The fire truck arrived at the station around 9 a.m. Wilson said there were a few people from the community attending the celebration.
Wilson said although they didn’t have an overwhelming crowd at the opening, he is confident the station will grow over time. Currently the BCVFD has 68 members.
Wilson stressed that it is very important to have the station back open. According to him, there was one resident in the Colmar area whose insurance went from $400 to over $800 after the station closed. The reason for the increase was because the resident didn’t live in a 5-mile radius of a fire station.
“This station being open now has put a lot of people in a category where their insurance is now affordable again,” said Wilson.
Wilson also said response times will be shorter if an incident occurs in the area. When the station was closed, BCVFD headquarters was one of the closest stations to the area.
The opening of the Colmar station comes following an agreement between the BCVFD and Bell Fiscal Court. The agreement was approved just over two weeks ago.
Within the contract it states the BCVFD agrees to provide fire protection for the unincorporated areas of Bell County excluding the territory currently served by the Frakes Volunteer Fire Department. It also states the fire department agrees to operate fire companies in Arjay, Brownies Creek, Calloway, Clear Creek, Colmar, East Pineville, Fourmile and Right Fork.
To apply to be a member of the BCVFD, individuals can attend one of the weekly Thursday meetings at BCVFD headquarters near Page school. The meetings start at 7 p.m. They can also ask a BCVFD firefighter or go to their local station to apply.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.