The Trafalgar Volunteer Fire Department has the equipment needed for most emergency situations but may need two engines to bring those tools to the scene of an accident.
Before a larger engine can be purchased, the department needs a bigger station. The Trafalgar Volunteer Fire Department and the Hensley Fire Protection District Board took the first step toward building a new station by purchasing 19 acres of land near State Road 135 and State Road 252 for $275,000. The land purchase was paid for with savings and money from department fundraisers.
Taking multiple engines on a run leads to higher fuel costs and adds mileage to the trucks, Chief Brandon Shireman said. The current station, which is 45 years old, is too small for some of the larger trucks, which could hold more equipment, he said. He estimated 25 percent of engines produced would not fit into the station.