Pulaski County Fire Department seeking funds for fire hydrants
“The county itself has no water system,” says Pulaski County Fire Chief Leslie Sewell.
Chief Sewell says without a reliable way of putting out fires, the county’s residents are in danger. He added his department has been hauling water to emergencies for more than 40 years.
“You always want to have fire hydrants in the county, especially for fire fighting operations, having water is a big thing,” said Sewell.
The department recently got two water tanker trucks.
“We can pump water out of a river, stream, a pool. There always can be a fire that’s so large that you really may not have enough water,” he explained.
Butch Hall is the only commissioner in Pulaski County. He admitted he would like to see three additional fire stations, more equipment, and a county-wide water system. But Hall says cost is a major factor.
“Ten to 15 million dollars wouldn’t even touch putting a water system in Pulaski County,” says Hall.
Hall plans to ask residents to approve a six-year $7.5-million Special Option Local Sales Tax (S.P.L.O.S.T.) in November. He also wants to apply for community development block grants to get the rest of the money needed for this project.
The commissioner explained he is also in talks with the city to share its water system in certain areas of the county.
“Hopefully we’ll get homeowners to hook up to our water and get off their wells which will generate money for the city and it’s also going to help us in the way of fire hydrants,” he continued.
If Pulaski County residents approve the penny sales tax in November, Hall says the county will start receiving money in January.