SHERMAN, TX-A nearly 60 year old Bonham fire station reopened Monday night after six months of much needed work and the city saved big bucks on the renovations.
For the past six months, whenever they weren't out fighting flames and saving lives, Bonham firefighters have been renovating their own Fire Station 2. Monday they showed us the results of all their sweat equity.
Bonham firefighters and dozens of community members braved the rain Monday to check out the newly renovated fire station.
"It is a homecoming for them. For a firefighter, a fire station's a home away from home so everybody's excited to be back here."
Fire Chief, Brad Nichols, said it was a labor of love for several firefighters who dedicated six months to repairing the 60-year-old building.
He says they would work on the station during their down time between fire and medical calls.
Jesus Garcia said although their duties doubled during the renovation, the results are worth it.
"It's kinda stressful a little bit but we knew we're gonna get into a new station," he said.
Firefighters installed new electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems; along with new bay doors, kitchen, living room area, bedrooms and an additional fire escape. Bonham firefighters also built an additional bay attached to the original station number 2 to get ready for a new ladder truck. Otherwise the new truck won't fit in the original structure."
"We've come a long ways, it's always getting better here," said Garcia.
Nichols said the city's budget has been tight and the fire station desperately needed repairs. They also didn't want to cost taxpayers more money, that's why they decided to do the project themselves.
Mayor Roy Floyd said the $750,000 project only cost the city $250,000 thanks to the firefighters.
"Their commitment to this project has been incredible, they did this themselves for much less money that would cost us otherwise," he said.
"To be able to renovate this to the point that we can use it for another 60 years or longer, it will be able to keep the roots of the city in this fire station," said Nichols.
Chief Nichols said they are still working on repainting exteriors and other minor repairs. He expects the project to be completed in a couple of weeks.