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By Mount Vernon News
February 4, 2013 8:19 am EST

 

FREDERICKTOWN — Help in case of fire will soon be vital minutes closer for residents of northwest Knox County. A portion of the Fredericktown Community Fire District will benefit from a new substation located at 18439 Earnest Road, adjacent to the Pike Township House. Ground was broken for the 2,400-square-foot building in November, and Chief Scott Mast expects it to be in service later this month.

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The all-volunteer FCFD currently serves the townships of Berlin, Middlebury, Pike, Wayne and portions of Morris Township, including the village of Fredericktown, from a single station on Columbus Road it shares with the Fredericktown Joint Emergency Ambulance District. The new facility will provide fire protection exclusively, with EMS operations remaining centralized.

“We’re excited to get it operational,” Chief Mast said. “We’ve had the concept for several years, and it was a matter of prioritizing to build up the appropriate funds. We should be able to cut response times in the area by up to 10 minutes, which is huge. It will also be of help for mutual aid calls with Danville and that part of the county.”

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