Generous donor pays off loan on new Stoney Creek fire station

John Thompson • Updated Dec 17, 2019 at 6:28 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Johnson City Press recently told the story about the opening of the new Station 3 of the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department at 2780 Stoney Creek Highway.

The station is a 30-foot-by-50-foot metal building, with two bays, living quarters, kitchen and bath. One fire engine is staged at the station. The news story mentioned that the fire department had to borrow money to pay for the parts and construction of the station that were not covered by donations.

Since the time, Fire Chief Jack Buckles said the department has had some more good news. Buckles said “an anonymous donor came forward to pay the balance of the building off. … Station 3 has been paid in full.”

The generosity, the elimination of a big debt for the department, and the fact that the new station provides many more residents of Stoney Creek with better fire protection and a better fire insurance rating are all great feelings for the officers of the fire department.

Buckles said the station’s location will mean that there will be about 185 houses that were more than five miles from Station 1 that will finally be able to see lower fire insurance. That is because those houses are within five miles of Station 3. The Stoney Creek department has an Insurance Services Office rating of 5.

Buckles said some home insurance savings in the community have been in the range of $200 to $500 per year. “This could conservatively save the community around $50,000 a year. The savings for one year would have paid for the project,” Buckles said.

The department now has three fire stations, but Station 2 will soon be the scene of a renovation or replacement. Buckles said “we will begin looking at plans to repair or replace our Station 2 in Hunter due to severe foundation problems we have been fighting for 20 years, due to the creek eroding the property.”

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