ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Anderson County Volunteer Fire Department has spend the past year raising money and looking for a place to build a new station. They've found a spot that use to be the site of the Belmont School.
The Belmont School was the center of the community when it was built in the early 1930's. The community came together to built it with their own hands. In the late 1950's the school burnt down and not much has happened to the school site since then.
However, the Anderson County Volunteer Fire Department is building their brand new station right where the school use to be. It will be a fully functional fire station with two live in fire fighters, a fire truck and community center.
Anderson County Volunteer Fire Chief, Jeff Bagwell said "With the additional fire station we will cut our response time from 30 minutes to only 5 minutes and the residents of this area will see a drop in their home insurance rates."
Since the fire department is volunteer based, they have little money to work with to build this new station but they won't let that stop them. They have enlisted the help of the community-- the same community that build the Belmont School nearly 85 years ago.
"It's a dedication to the community that started years ago. This site has come full circle and I'm excited to have a fire station in this area." said Bagwell