All firehalls set to open by June 1
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Apr 24, 2013 | 644 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Fire Board received an update on fire station construction and equipment during a meeting Tuesday.

Bradley County Fire-Rescue will have all three new fire stations operational by June 1, according to estimates. This will give those newly hired a month to respond to calls before the contract with the city of Cleveland ends.

“We actually have possession of the Minnis Road Station,” said administrative assistant Paula Garner.

That station was fully operational on April 12. The Hopewell station should be completed by May 13, with the Waterville station reaching completion May 30.

The 911 redistricting to reflect the ending of the fire contract with the city, eliminating the fringe area, is nearing completion, according to Garner. BCFR will take over service to the former fringe area on July 1 at 8 a.m. Garner said this will make the transition a smoother one because more supervisors are working during the day.

One of the engines ordered by the department and three of the tanker trucks have been delivered. A reserve truck has also been put into service.

The remaining engines will be picked up from Florida on Monday.

The last class of newly hired personnel graduated on April 14. The department’s ISO audit has been scheduled for Oct. 1.

The fire board voted to change its regular meeting day from the third Tuesday of the month to the fourth Tuesday.