The volunteer firefighters of Briceville recently launched construction work on a new fire station.
The first official ground breaking took place on May 12 at the site of the new fire station, 1916 Briceville Highway.
Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally and State Representative John Ragan attended the ceremony. Additionally, County Commissioners Tim Isbel, Shain Vowell and Jerry Creasey; County Mayor Terry Frank; Steve Payne, director of Anderson County Emergency Medical Services; rescue team leader Terry Allen; Nathan Sweet, director of emergency medical services; Sheriff Russell Barker and many other fire chiefs and agencies joined fire department members and community residents for the event.
The ceremony included recognition of architect Greg Campbell, executive vice president of Design Innovation Architects Inc., for his role in the project, as well as prime contractor Duane Braden.
Giving an update, two weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony, Chief Jamie Brewster said: “They’ve spread gravel and are getting ready for concrete. Once the concrete is complete, the contractor said he would have the building constructed in four to eight weeks.
“We’re really, really excited about this,” he said in the press release.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Frank congratulated the fire department and gave special thanks to the Anderson County Commission for their help in funding the project, as well as receiving support from McNally and Ragan. . She also thanked the many past and present leaders of the US Department of Rural Development for their assistance in securing a loan for the department, as well as grants.
The Briceville Volunteer Fire Department has 14 firefighters, two junior firefighters, seven female auxiliary members and a nine-member board of directors. Eight members founded the fire department in 1978.