New Pecan Creek Fire Department to add to protection in area
Construction began Wednesday on a new fire station for the newly formed Pecan Creek Volunteer Fire Department, which when completed will become the starting point for operations of the new department.
Larry Cotton, who spearheaded efforts to establish the department, said the new facility should be completed by December. It is on Southwest Deyo Mission Road just south of the railroad tracks between Cache Road and West Lee Boulevard. Cotton said the new facility will be a 50-by-80-foot metal building with storage space for four vehicles and other equipment. The department has six vehicles: three pumpers, one brush truck, an airport unit to be made into another brush truck, and a tanker. He said the department's vehicles would be stored at both the new fire station and at his home.
The $50,000 facility will be constructed with virtually all volunteer labor, Cotton said. He said Joe Roseberry, a resident of the area and retired Lawton firefighter, is dozing the area in preparation of the foundation of the new facility.
"We have some others who have given their intent to volunteer their time and labor for work such as pouring the foundation, plumbing, electrical and other needs," Cotton said. "But we encourage everyone in our area to volunteer their efforts to build the station."
Cotton said residents of the new fire station's service area who cannot provide volunteer labor can help the effort of by making monetary donations. Donations may be sent to Pecan Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 11902 NW Cache Road, Lawton, OK 73505.
The new department will serve a 15 square-mile area just west of the Lawton city limits, including the Pecan Valley housing addition, which has 700 homes, along with the Lawton Christian School campus. The department, which will have about 15 volunteers when it begins operations in early 2018, will operate as a Title 18 corporation and is awaiting the required completion of the new fire station as a permanent place and heated storage area for its equipment.
Cotton said the new station is being built entirely with donations froma rea residents and other donors. The one-acre tract of land upon which the station was built was donated by the Hooper family.