Liberty Volunteer Fire District gets a new station after years of hard work

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 04:58 PM.

Calls for further information came in and more information was sent forward. Then there was more waiting. Finally, tentative approval was given by both organizations, but both wanted more information. The district provided still more information, but one of the organizations did not act on it in a timely manner, so the board decided to work with the other to try and get the grant.

The cutoff date passed and it was decision time as to who the grants would be awarded too. Keeping watch online, the Liberty Fire Districts plan made it into the final round, before getting the good news.

By this time the board had tentative drawings for the proposed station and the associated costs. Realize here that the grants were for new fire stations nationwide, not just in Florida. Looking at the list of recipients, Liberty Fire Distrct was probably the smallest community to receive a grant.

Ground was broken and the building began Sept. 11, 2012. The contractor chosen for this project was Lord & Son Contracting of Fort Walton Beach. Over the development period many sub-contractors made their single or multiple appearances to offer their specialties. The work was scheduled to take 6 or 7 months, but with Mother Nature’s interference it lasted for 9 months.

On Friday, June 14, 2013, the project was deemed complete and turned over to Liberty Volunteer Fire District.

Liberty Volunteer Fire District would like to thank the contractor, Lord & Son, and all their sub-contractors, DeFuniak Springs Water Department, Walton County road crews and those who performed pre-build site work, and to Preble-Rish for overseeing the project. Liberty Fire can certainly be proud of the new station.


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