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Hiseville gets funding for new volunteer fire department

Lt. Gov. Abramson at Barren County Community to present check to Barren County Fiscal Court. New Fire Department will serve 1,500 households in northwestern Metcalfe County and northeastern Barren County

By Kerri Richardson and Terry Sebastian
News from Kentucky State government

HISEVILLE, KY - Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson today joined local officials to announce funding for a new volunteer fire department in the Hiseville community in Barren County.

The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the Barren County Fiscal Court will help construct a new 5,100-square-foot fire station in Hiseville. The fire department is also contributing an additional $82,000 toward the project.

"As a former mayor, I am very familiar with the needs of firefighters and those they serve," said Lt. Gov. Abramson. "Modern firefighting resources and equipment are an absolute necessity in ensuring both firefighters' safety and their ability to quickly and effectively respond to service calls. This new fire station in Hiseville will provide a modern fire department that's able to better serve its community."

The current Hiseville Fire Department has exceeded capacity at its current station, which is causing delayed response times and unorganized operations due to its inconvenient location.

The current station is located between a grocery store and an auto parts store where customers frequently block the station's garage bays with their vehicles. This forces the department to park its trucks on the streets.

Additionally, the 43-year-old building suffers flooding issues, is not Americans with Disabilities Act accessible and has inefficient heating and cooling due to poor insulation.

The new fire station will be located at 112 West Main Street in Hiseville and will meet all ADA accessibility standards. The proposed station will include four garage bays, an office, restrooms, kitchen and multi-purpose meeting and community room. The new, centralized location will have no restrictions posed by the station's current location, thus allowing for increased service response times.

"Seconds, not minutes, can sometimes mean the difference in saving lives when it comes to fighting fires," said Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder. "This funding for a newly located, easily accessible fire station in Hiseville will provide the department's firefighters with the quality facility and resources they need to keep the citizens in their community as safe as possible."

The Hiseville Community Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for serving nearly 1,500 households in northeastern Barren County and northwestern Metcalfe County. The department also has mutual aid agreements with seven other departments. In 2012, the department made 290 runs.

The state's Community Development Block Grant program is administered by the Department for Local Government and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky's Congressional leaders' ongoing support of the Community Development Block Grant program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.

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