CORINTH – Touring Corinth’s new No. 2 fire station on Tuesday brought to mind some special memories for two of the visitors.
Retired South Corinth Elementary School Principal Dave Jennings recalled his teen years as a volunteer firefighter in the Delta, where he worked alongside his father and uncle.
“In those days just about everybody in the community was a volunteer firefighter,” Jennings said. “My dad and uncle were the only ones who knew how to run the truck until they got some more of us trained.”
The Tutwiler native continued his firefighting activities through college.
“For three years I was a summer vacation fireman in Memphis,” he said. “It was a good group of guys and good food.”
The new station, built at a cost of about $650,000 with a combination of USDA Community Facilities Grant and state loan funds, replaces a 1960s-era station on Sixth Street.
“I was a city fireman at the old Station Number 2,” said Ward 4 Alderman Steve Hill, ”and this is like a first-class hotel by comparison.”
The station includes a lounge area, kitchen, weight room, shower, sleeping and laundry facilities for the three shifts that will work from that location.
The location at the north end of the city is a change, but the staffing will remain the same, said Chief Rob Price.
“We’re actually covering the city better,” Price said. “The city has grown a lot, and as we grow we need to move our stations out to accommodate that. There are going to be some territory changes affecting some of the territory other stations will cover, but the majority of territory is staying the same.”
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