Bagdad Fire Department to get new building

Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 04:55 PM.

The Board of County Commissioners approved a $789,500 project for the construction of a new Bagdad Volunteer Fire Department building.

Chief Nick Anderson says the department has been operating in their current building on Oak Street in Bagdad since its construction in 1962.

"There's a lot of history here," Anderson said. "I've been here 21 years."

Over the years, structural additions have been built to keep up with the area's demands. As the community grew in population, so did the fire department and their fleet. Making the existing building bigger has not worked out because adding to the aging brick and mortar is difficult, according to the chief.

"It was built before there were building codes," Anderson said. "It cost more with upgrading this building. We've had to dig up the floor, because of tree stumps that were rotting and caving in the concrete."

 The department faced limitations with future expansion because of trees surrounding the current facility.

"We're trying to hang on, but we have a lot of those water oaks," Anderson said. "The wrath of Khan falls down hard if you start cutting those down."

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