A new volunteer fire department facility may cut the Lead Fire Department's response time in half.
The new $2.8 million building has 15,500 square feet. Lead Volunteer Fire Department Coordinator Dennis Schumacher says before their new location, they had equipment scattered throughout the community and their response time could be as longs as half an hour in some cases. He says having everything under one roof has made the Lead first responders jobs so much easier. "Our last building was four trucks and you couldn't even open the door, this building holds all ten of our trucks plus the states trucks up above and you can work on your truck without running into stuff and that's the best part about it," said Schumacher.
Schumacher says plans for the new building began about two years ago, and they started moving in just after Christmas.