Local VFD grows along with development

East Limestone VFD to open additional station to meet demands

ATHENS, Ala. - In May WZDX told you about volunteer fire departments in Madison County that were getting too many non-priority calls and missing some. As more people move along the county border, a VFD in Limestone County is making sure they're covering ground where they're needed.

The East Limestone VFD has one of the largest and most populated areas.

"The number of calls is going up," said Captain John Roberts.

Roberts says their fire station covers over 50 square miles and as that land becomes more and more developed, they have to make sure they're keeping up. That's why they're opening another fire station.

"We can provide a quicker response to anyone," said Chief Joey Boyd. "In this business time really matters."

Something that adding a fire station won't fix is the non-emergency calls that take up emergency officials' time. In a matter where time is crucial, Boyd says those types of calls need to be deterred.

"If we're helping somebody with just a nose bleed or a hurt leg or a pain and somebody has true incident where they need emergency help we're tied up over there and can't respond to somebody that's really in need," Boyd said.

But when you are really in need, help may now be closer to you. That means not only saving your life, but maybe saving you some money too.

"We went from a Class 7 to a Class 5 so that should save them a good bit of money on their homeowner's insurance," Boyd explained. "That's in effect now."

The fire station got a higher insurance services office, or ISO, rating without the new fire station. Boyd and Roberts are hoping that with it running by the end of the month they can get your homeowner's insurance down even more.


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