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Kerr Lake Area to Get Much-Needed Fire Department

Posted October 22, 2007

— Vance County is getting a new fire department for the Kerr Lake area. The volunteer fire station has not been constructed yet, but it will eventually house equipment for 26 firefighters.

The fire department will be the primary responder for over 30 square miles that now are covered by firefighters who need to drive as long as 15 minutes to reach a call.

“Minutes are hours. So, you know, if you can cut your response time down by even two or three minutes, that could be somebody's life," Mark Minish, Kerr Lake fire chief, said.

Minish has been asking business owners for donations. The fire department has a fire truck, but needs $150,000 worth of additional equipment.

Minish said there is no shortage of people wanting to join the volunteer fire department.

“We've got them from waiters to waitresses, up to business owners,” Minish said.

Even the community and economic development director for the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments wants to help.

“I'm working on getting the certification as best as I can. My wife tells me she will kill me if I'm up on a ladder with a big hose,” Richard Seekins said.

Once the fire department has more equipment, the state Department of Insurance will be able to certify it. After that, firefighters without previous experience will get state training.

According to the N.C. Fire Marshal's Office, usually only one new fire department is added yearly. This year, however, there are three new fire departments planned throughout the state.

The Kerr Lake Fire Department hopes to be operational by early next year.


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  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Oct 23, 2007

    Water is no prob there, they can always draft right out of the lake. Will they also run medical calls? That should really make folks feel safer. Either way, a few minutes better response time will save lives and property. Good luck with the fund raising!!

  • fiestysp Oct 23, 2007

    By the time they build the station we won't have any water to put out the fire!

  • allison842 Oct 23, 2007

    This is good. I've spent a lot of time up at Kerr Lake and I've seen the little fire department off Hwy 39. It didn't make me feel overly safe...

  • ptahandatum Oct 23, 2007

    Don't worry about the water for the fire department. Zeus will provide. Zeus will provide.

  • weasleyes Oct 23, 2007

    Where ,,,, are they going to get the water ... to fight fires???

  • lynddsy Oct 22, 2007

    this is good. it should help get to people in need alot faster.