FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - For nearly five decades the Floyd County Rescue Squad has called one building home, but they say they have since outgrown that building.
Rescue squad members say through the generosity of others they are now able to begin work on a new headquarters.
It is hard to imagine now what the bare piece of land on Old Abbott's Creek Road will soon be.
"Monday when we pretty much broke ground here it was a very very historic day for our squad, and I think it will be for our county," said Floyd County Rescue Squad Captain Tim Cooley.
The Floyd County Rescue Squad's establishment came following a bus crash that killed 26 children and their driver more than 50 years ago. Since then they have been in the same building which they say they have outgrown.
"We've been blessed to have the tools, and the gear, and the equipment that we need. We just don't have a house for it," said Cooley.
That is exactly what they are doing, building a new home for the squad.
"There's some big plans to showcase this rescue squad basically, or more than anything i might say because of it's history," said Cooley.
Rescue squad members say some funding came from the state, but they say what really makes it possible are the people who are donating their time and energy to help get the project completed, beginning with the excavation work which is all being done at no cost.
"They're going to better our county. They're going to better our community. They're going to better our state. So I feel like we're obligated to help them. They do not get enough recognition for the stuff they do," said Randy Davis, Co-owner of Davis Brothers Construction. They donated all excavation equipment and labor.
The new building will have eight bays to house the squad's vehicles and swift water rescue boats and can be used as an emergency operations center during major disasters.
Squad members say the location is also key, as it puts them closer to US-23 which will give them quicker response times.
It is something they all say they are proud to be a part of.
"I'm wanting to see this go. I'm wanting to see it happen," said Davis.
They hope it will be a good way to remember the past while preparing for the future. The lobby of the building will be designed as a memorial for those killed in the bus crash.
"Dedicate it to those 26 children and that driver," said Cooley
It is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The squad is also selling personalized bricks that will line the walls of the lobby. The proceeds from the bricks will go to the rescue squad. For more information on how to purchase one, you can call the rescue squad at (606) 886-8114.