Resident Disagree on Repair or Rebuild for Fire Station

Some residents are torn on whether to rebuild a new fire station for Greenville County’s River Falls Fire District on the site where the roof of the current building collapsed.

Authorities have placed yellow caution tape around the entire structure, a one-room former church building attached to a brick addition that housed the firefighting equipment for the all-volunteer crew.

Still undecided is whether to raze the remaining structure, as fire officials have moved to do, or repair the existing building with its caved-in roof and bowed walls.

Now the department has no headquarters. It vacated the site in June after the building was condemned by Greenville County due to structural issues with the roof.

Fire trucks are parked at a Quonset hut the department is borrowing from the Parker Fire District. Most of the fire apparatus is being stored at firefighters’ homes.

The department’s five-member commission has already voted 5-0 to build a new station. It’s searching for an architect now and would take bids once it has a plan in place, Embry said. County Council would have to approve any tax increase for a bond.

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