Residents and Firefighters in the St. Martin area have waited almost a decade for a new fire department, and now it is here. Firefighters with the Fort Bayou Volunteer Fire Department held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday to celebrate their new 10,000 square foot building. The building is located on Seymore Lane in St. Martin.
Captain Lyle Crandall says the new building is something firefighters and the community desperatly needed.
"We were in our old station since '72, and we tried opperating in a building that was housing five trucks, so coming into something that has a lot more room is a long time coming."
It took eight years. Firefighters say they ran into several funding and location problems along the way,
"Things just kept falling through, so finally we got to the point where we hired an architect, got the plans built up, found some land, and pressed on from there," said Captain Crandall.
Residents who stopped by the new station for the first time say they were impressed with the building, and feel good about the location.
"It's centrally located where they can respond to any fire a little bit quicker," says Rachel Broussard.
Firefighters say they are confident that the new building will help better serve the community, as it continues to grow.