According to a report from WVLT, Tusculum, a small town in Greene County, Tennessee, is facing an issue with the size of its fire station, and its cramped space has Tusculum (TN) Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) crews hoping for a new building.
The COVID-19 pandemic requires people to be six feet apart, but imagine trying to fit a large fire truck that barely fits inside the building. apart. The moment you step inside the TVFD’s station, you’ll quickly see how social distancing is tough.
TVFD Chief Marty Shelton is working with the town council on a three-phase expansion project that includes a new station. However, the project was postponed because of the pandemic, but it now shows signs of opportunity again.
The TVFD is spread between two buildings. Inside one, the fire truck barely fits. If you look close you’ll see it touches the wall when backed in and barely an inch in the front between the garage doors.
A new building will cost approximately $150,000, before furnishings and new modern fire equipment. It sounds expensive, but in the long run, Shelton hopes the investment will save property owners money and save lives.
The long-range plan has Tusculum Police Department expanding into the current fire department space, leaving more room in town hall for additional renovations there.
The added space would also allow the TVFD to create new living space such as bathrooms, a small kitchen, a meeting area, and so on. Other areas of growth could also mean new sleep areas for crews to staff the station during inclement weather or other available times.