(KTXL) — Volunteer Firefighters with the Indian Valley Fire and Rescue Department are helping battle the raging flames of the Dixie Fire, but they weren’t able to save their beloved firehouse.
“So, this was the corner of the fire station. Our doors rolled on out to the street,” said President Will Meyers. “We were out so busy taking care of other people’s houses and structures that we didn’t have time to get Engine 26 out.”
The volunteer department of 15 is not only responsible for Greenville but the surrounding areas including Taylorsville, Indian Falls, Arlington and Genesee.
“You are your own first responder. So, we try to help best we can, but we just do not have the resources, the funding,” Meyers told FOX40.
Now more than ever, the firefighters are looking to the community for help with funding.
Built around the 1940s, the fire station wasn’t only where Indian Valley Fire Rescue operated from, but it was also a place for community members to go to each month and enjoy a meal with their firefighters.
“It’s one of the anchors to the community,” said resident David House. “If you don’t have those core building anchors, people tend to go different places.”
And now without their fire station, firefighters will respond to emergencies from their own homes.
“Important thing is that this really severely hampered our efforts to be able to protect and serve the community. Sorry, more frustrating than anything,” Meyers said.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services temporarily sent a fire engine to Greenville to help.
“This fire brought tragedy not only to the fire department but to their whole community. Cal OES has at least been able to get their fire department this engine, which allows them to continue to serve their community with fire and emergency services” states Cal OES Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Marshall.