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RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT PLANS EXPANSION

June 19, 1997

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— Lecompton City and Township Fire and Rescue is seeking approval from planning commissioners for a new substation.

The volunteer fire department that serves the northwest corner of Douglas County is planning to branch out.

Lecompton City and Township Fire and Rescue has developed a plan to add a two-vehicle substation at 847 N. 1800 Road, about three miles west of Lawrence near the Kansas Turnpike.

Jeanne Boucher, the department's secretary and treasurer, said the addition would bring fire protection to within five miles of every township residence.

"That's basically why we wanted to do it," she said.

The substation should create lower fire-protection insurance rates for residents in the eastern part of the township, who currently live up to eight miles away from the nearest station.

Boucher said the substation would be a 30-by-30 foot metal building housing a combination brush fire and medical truck, plus an 850-gallon pumper truck.

It would be the third building operated by the fire department, which maintains stations in Lecompton and Big Springs.

The substation would not be manned at all times, but three volunteer firefighters live within 1.5 miles of the site.

A cost estimate for construction and equipment was not available Wednesday.

The proposed station will go before the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Wednesday. Township officials are seeking a conditional use permit to build the station on property owned by Don and Margaret Fuston.

Don Fuston, a former township official, said he had donated a permanent easement for the project.

"It was basically just given to us," Boucher said.

If planning commissioners approve the permit, the township hopes to obtain final approval from Douglas County commissioners on July 16.

"Hopefully, we can to start building very soon after that," Boucher said.

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