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Dickens Volunteer Fire Department reveals plans for new building

Cramped quarters inside the Dickens Volunteer Fire Department (source: KCBD video) Cramped quarters inside the Dickens Volunteer Fire Department (source: KCBD video)
The outside of the Dickens Volunteer Fire Department, right off the highway (source: KCBD video) The outside of the Dickens Volunteer Fire Department, right off the highway (source: KCBD video)
DICKENS COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

A leaky roof and very cramped quarters - those are just a few of the problems volunteers say they are facing at the current Dickens Volunteer Fire Department.

But plans are in the works for a new, and bigger, building. The current building is more than 50 years old. It sits right on the edge of the busy highway.

"When you're trying to pull out in a truck it's. I mean it's not a very good situation," Assistant Fire Chief Will Humphreys said.

Humphreys says the conditions inside have deteriorated.

"We should have taken better care of it. But obviously the tin is blowing off the roof and it leaks pretty bad. The insulation is falling off, we have to keep heat lamps on our trucks to keep the pumps and all from freezing in the winter," Humphreys said.

But Humphreys says the biggest problem is the tight space.

"If you need that truck and these two trucks are here, you have to move these two and get that one out. And then when you come back you have to do it in reverse order," he said.

Just a half mile down the road you can see they've already started to clear the land where they hope to soon be building their new volunteer fire department.

"That lot up there we're working on has been. It's needed some work for a long time. And we're getting a chance to clean it up and hopefully put a building up that looks pretty good and you know people are proud of it and proud to say that's our fire department," Humphreys said.

Humphreys says they would like to double the size of the current building, so each fire truck would have a garage to drive out of.

And Dickens County Judge Kevin Brendle says he believes it's a positive step forward for this volunteer department.

"It's real important that our local fire departments have the best equipment that they can and have it housed and protected the best way that they can. And be ready to respond at a moment's notice. These wildfires can go and do a lot of damage in a short period of time so, we're excited for them," Brendle said.

Assistant Chief Humphreys says the goal is to have the new department built by the end of 2017.

They are funding the project through donations at this time, and have set up a Go Fund Me to help.

Here is the link if you are interested in donating: https://www.gofundme.com/new-fire-department-building

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