Rural fire department gets donation of land for a new station

Friday, January 13th 2006, 10:30 am
By: News On 6

As housing developments spring up beyond the city limits, one concern is fire protection for those new neighborhoods.

As News on 6 reporter Rick Wells explains, a developer north of Sand Springs has improved fire protection by providing land for a new fire station.

A new building represents peace of mind and more than that. "It's security for the people buying these new homes." It's a new fire station, Alan Ringle is a developer and his Preservation District is in a beautiful wooded area north of Sand Springs and that new firehouse is right outside the front gate of his development. "Eventually this will cover 1,500 homes out in the area just 5 miles north of Sand Springs."

All of the nearby homes will be in the Rock Volunteer Fire Department area. Their existing station is about 6 miles away and having this second one closer will make a real difference. "Our insurance rates up here are about as good as they are in town." So, home buyers could save some money.

Ringle and his partners donated the land for the station; the Rock Volunteer Fire Department got some financial grants together and built the building.

Charlie Pearson with Rock Volunteer Fire Department: "With donations like this right here we are better able to serve the public."

Not only for the new homes and the future news homes that will eventually be built on nearby lots, but for some nearby older homes too. “Now that we have this one here it helps everyone throughout the area. We are fully served from the Zink Ranch all the way to Sand Springs."

And in a season when wildfires seem to start and spread almost spontaneously, seems like the more coverage the better.