A once divided fire department is united again and the community could be safer for it.
5 months since the Cagle Mountain Volunteer Fire Department board let its fire chief go.
During that time, the volunteers were working hard to turn things around.
Those we talked with at the station say it's been a long road to improvement and earning back the trust of the community.
"The community was skeptical. They were quite skeptical and questioned our motives on this," said Jeff Mackey.
Cagle Mountain Volunteer Fire Department's former Fire Chief, James Hixson was release of his duties by the board of directors for the station, for what the board described as not meeting the set standards.
Unfortunately for the fire department, when Hixson left, he didn't go alone.
"He along with the firefighters, in protest decided to leave the station and they did," said Mackey.
Mackey says it was a hard decision for the board to make, but proved to be the right one.
"Sometimes you have to tear something down to a solid foundation in order to build it back up," said Mackey.
The first order of business, getting a new board of directors, filled of only community members and having the fire chief as the liaison between the board and firefighters.
"We didn't have the checks and balances and it was to the point that somebody could run the table on one side or the other," said Mackey. "Not only does it leave the firefighters to working to put out the fires, it also gives the administrative board the chance to do what they need to do, which is acquire the tools for these firefighters."
And it's leaving them room to grow.
"This building that's behind is looking over here will be a 60x80 building with 3 bays. Eventually we will have the ability to have a kitchen in it and we're looking to have that support as a shelter in the future," said Mackey.
And life-saving tools to put in it.
Mackey says they're headed in the right direction and know better things are yet to come.
"We want to show the community that we're here to serve them. That the money and the funds you give is being put to good use," said Mackey.
No tax payer money is being use for this project.
Mackey tells Channel 3 they hope to raise $90,000 to pay for the building.
They hope to start building this winter and have it opened by the spring.
Currently they only have $23,000 in donations.
The fire department will be hosting a ham and turkey shoot fundraiser on November the 9th.
Shells are $3 for 1 or $10 for 4.
A donation lunch will also be available from 11 until 1 with the festivities afterwards.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:40:13 GMT
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