Munford's new fire station better equips them to fight county fires

(WMC-TV) - The City of Munford is getting ready to open a crown jewel to the city's landscape: a new multi-million dollar fire station.

As construction crews put the final touches on Munford's new fire department, firefighters are counting the days until move in.

"It'll give us the opportunity to bring more training in and bring more people in to where we can do training," said fire chief Alan Barkelew.  "Our people will have more space to work on and maintain our equipment."

The 14,500 square foot facility will be home to eight full-time firefighters, one part-time fire fighter, and 35 volunteer firefighters.

It was funded by federal grant money and a $150,000 contribution from the city.

Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole said the $1.8 million project will allow the department to fight fires in and outside city limits.

"We serve not only the city of Munford but also the town of Atoka and surrounding areas.  We call it our fire region and we're well positioned now to continue strong service," added the mayor.

Tipton County does not have county wide fire protection.  That leaves the responsibility to full-time fire departments, like the ones in Munford and Covington, and other volunteer departments.

"Our actual district is usually within five miles, but we've gone to Covington to help them, to Gilt Edge, down to the river," said Barkelew.

Munford's fire department gives mutual aid to all other fire departments in Tipton County, extending fire coverage to more than 233 square miles.

The official dedication of the new Munford fire station takes place Thursday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The new station is located on Munford-Atoka Avenue in downtown Munford.  Firefighters expect to start moving in next week.

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