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FRANKLIN CO., Va. (WDBJ7) A hometown fire department moves one step closer to getting their first fire station more than 40 years after they started serving the community.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors made the unanimous decision to rezone land for Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
This decision comes nine years after the firefighters first floated the idea.
"It's going to afford our members a place to call home finally. We were initially started in 1975 and we been operating out of seven boat houses all throughout the lake and we've never had a place to call home," said Jason Halm, assistant fire chief.
The 43 volunteer firefighters respond to more than 250 calls a year. Having a physical address will also open them up for federal funding.
The grant system changed in 2014, no longer accepting PO Boxes for mailing addresses.
Halm says he's not sure exactly how much the station will cost, but says they have some money set aside to build some day.
The Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire/Rescue is actively seeking new members. Members can be firefighters, EMT's or simply someone that wants to help the community. If you feel that you have that calling to help others, that is the person we would like to speak with. Please drop us a note on this page or submit an application at Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue.
Remember, "MANY HANDS, MAKE LIGHT WORK"!