Rogersville firefighters cut response times with new station

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ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Firefighters working for the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District will have a new, state of the art fire station next fall.

In August of 2015, voters passed a tax-initiative to build two new fire stations, hire more staff, increase pay, and also put additional money toward retirement funds. Fire Chief Rich Stirts said the construction at 1120 Mill Street is the first visual representation of what that tax money is doing for locals.

Stirts called the $2.2 million project very "west coast" and said it's out of the box for Southwest Missouri. "It's going to have a flat, glass front and we will be able to see the pole that starts at the upstairs and goes to the downstairs," said Chief Stirts. "It's a very unique building compared to what we currently have in the area."

On top of the swag of the building, Chief Stirts said the new location will cut down on response time. Currently, the crew designated for the area is working out of a bay in the Rogersville City Hall. "Right now we cover about 160 square miles and three counties," explained Stirts. "It'll be a great response for the citizens that live here in Rogersville and it's going to give us more room to grow."

Chief Stirts said the fire station should be complete by mid to late summer of 2018 and crews should be moved in by fall.