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Fire department saved from being shut down

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PHYLLIS, Ky. (WYMT) - Trucks at the Grapevine Volunteer Fire Department sit ready and waiting, but two years ago that was not the case.

"People not, they wouldn't do nothing around it and the fire station was run down. It kind of looked like a pig sty," said Fire Department Board Member Tommy Hall.

Officials say the building was filled with mold, there was no organization, and there was only one truck that barely ran.

They say they realized how bad the problem really was a couple years ago when they got a call for a house fire and they could not get the garage doors open to get the truck out.

All that combined with no money meant the state was ready to shut them down, but some members of the community decided they were not going to let that happen.

"The community got together and we reorganized, got a new board of directors, new firefighters," said Fire Department President Dewayne Abshire.

For the past two years they have worked tirelessly to prove the fire station deserves to stay.

"We started from nothing. We've built what we have now. We want to do so much more, but we feel we've come a long way," said Abshire.

They have several new trucks and an almost completely renovated building and say they owe it all to the generosity of others.

"We've got a lot of ways to go, but we're thankful for all those who have helped us, the community that stood by us," said abshire.

They say they want it to be a symbol of strength in their community.

"Get the people in the community back together again and show that we have a good community around here," said Hall.

They hope they can continue to grow.

The fire department will be hosting its annual Kids' Day in the Park October 13. Kids will have the opportunity to see what it's like to be a firefighter through a simulator that demonstrates fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other disasters. It will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Grapevine Park.


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