ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department celebrated the grand opening of its third station Saturday.
The new station is located at 2780 Highway 91 in Elizabethton.
The closest station to this new station is five miles according to members of the fire department.
According to Chief Jack Buckles, the location of the new station will help increase response time to over 200 homes in the area.
Officials also advise residents in the area to call their insurance company and tell them the new station is finished, since it might help lower their insurance rates.
“That’s one of the main parts of building this station, is that most of the residents in this area was over five miles from our station one. Which meant their ISO rating was a ten, which is the same thing as no fire protection,” said Chief Buckles.
IOS stands for Insurance Service Organization, which focuses on property insurance ratings.
Having Fire Station Three in the area helps that rating go down to a five out of ten, helping homeowners in the area save on their homeowners policy.
Station Three has one engine and other amenities including living quarters, a bathroom, and laundry room. An acre of land sits next to the building where Wings can land if need be.
Carter County Mayor Rusty Barnett said the station is a great addition to the community.
“This is like family for me. I’ve been working for the fire service for 41 years and this is near and dear to my heart,” said the Mayor.