FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One fire district is closer than ever to having a new station up and running, providing greater fire protection.
Parts are already being delivered for the new fire station going at Irby at McLaughlin.
When it's complete, it will serve the Howe Springs Fire District.
Ground was just broken on the facility and Fire Chief Billy Dillon said the steel and other structural materials are on site.
The chief said you'll see the frame going up as soon as the concrete slab is poured.
"We need the station because the station we are standing in now… is also headquarter station and also our training facility. It is not ADA-compliant and everybody here is sharing offices. There are also issues with the restroom facilities," Chief Dillon said.
The new station is being paid for with funds from the second capital sales project.
"The new station will be able to house a lot more apparatus, versus the station that is in that are now," Dillon said.
The chief said as long as weather permits, this new station will be up and running with crew inside within one year.