By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress
After more than six months of planning, the Judah Fire Department is gaining momentum to provide fire protection for the folks who live in the southwest part of Pontotoc County along Highway 341.
Residents of the Judah, Buckhorn and Robbs communities began to get concerned after seeing that the nearest fire department to them is miles away in Randolph or Algoma.
Now, a group that has organized to provide fire protection for the community is looking to establish a fire district like Troy and Randolph.
“We would like to buy an acre around Judah to build a fire house,” said Anthony Holloway, who is helping establish the fire department.
The dozen men who are endeavoring to get the effort under way have already elected Ryan Washington as the chief of the department.
The fire department will be getting their water from the town of Houlka and volunteers are looking for their radios to come in any day.
A major need is equipment, and a fire truck recently was donated to the cause from Ecru.
“And we need more equipment. If any fire departments has any extra equipment they can donate to help us get started it would be great,” Holloway said.
Some of the equipment that is needed includes turnouts, hoses, helmets and air packs.