New fire station expected to cut response time

May 15, 2017 by  

Boone counties newest fire station, known as Station #16, is located in Columbia, and the station recently held an open house so that locals could enjoy refreshments and view for themselves what the station has to offer.

Located on land donated by the Jay Turner Family, the station is home to one fire engine, along with a brush truck often needed in rural areas. The station will be manned by up to four volunteer firefighters who will respond to fire calls along with medical emergencies.

County officials could work with a local print company to obtain direct mail printing services to notify residents of the existence of the new station, and also provide information that insurance companies may need to know. The county encouraged residents to call their insurance companies as the existence of the new station could lower homeowner insurance rates due to the increased ability to respond in a timely manner.

The station, which was partially funded by a bond of $14m in 2014, currently has one planned firefighter in line to come the end of May. The other spots should be filled in the near future.

Along with the Jay Turner Family, who made the donation to show their gratitude to the volunteers who support the fire departments in the area, other residents are grateful as well. The station is located at 6550 E. Highway HH.