Small town fire hall made possible due to community donations - KOTA Territory News

Small town fire hall made possible due to community donations

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For the past ten years volunteer firefighters in the small South Dakota town of Interior have wanted a new fire department. In October they broke ground and now they are putting on the finishing touches.

The old Interior Fire Department had a one door garage.

"If you had a structure or any large fire you had to move two or three trucks to get the structure fire truck out. Very tight confined space," said Cliff McClure, Chief of the Interior Fire Department.

The tight space isn't an issue in the new facility. "In this fire hall we have a door for each fire truck," said McClure.

The new fire hall, with a price tag of $150,000, is a result of numerous donations from the community, manual labor by the firefighters, and a land donation from an Interior couple.  

"All donations, no government grants or anything from the state, no tax payer money.   It was all done off of donations," said McClure.

This space won't only be used as a fire hall. It's a community hall as well.  

"It means a great start to the community. Younger generations can keep the fire going and the older can sit back and kind of have this like a little community center," said Lance Eberly, a captain at the Interior Fire Department.

With a kitchen, bathroom, and plenty of space for all of the trucks, McClure says they'll be able to serve the community better.  

"It's great to move into a new building where we have room and we can be more efficient in what we do," said McClure.

The grand opening will be on Saturday, April 13th at 6 pm and is open to the public.

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