Friday, August 16, 2013
The Town of Mount Pleasant has determined a need to provide fire service to the northern portion of the community due to several subdivisions being outside the ISO criteria which had caused the residents to incur rising insurance premiums. Subdivisions affected are Darrell Creek, Commonwealth, Tupelo Bay and Pepper Plantation. The building of Station Six at the Carolina Park subdivision will correct this, but the completion of the permanent station is still several months out.
As such, fire officials were tasked with finding a suitable location for a temporary facility to house an engine company and three fire fighters per day to man it. This company will have an officer, driver, and fire fighter of which at least one each day shall be a paramedic. The engine used will be relocated from station three.
The site of Berkeley Electric, through negotiation with Berkeley Electric Co-Op, was chosen to house the facility. Within the next 30 days, the facility will be in service pending written approval from the co-op.
The estimated cost is approximately $29,000.
Work is being started on a materials list to outfit the station and is being generated so as to list items that once bought and used at the temporary station can be moved to the permanent station. This figure is approximately $ 22,700.
The man power is a netwash since personnel will be taken from Station 3.
According to Assistant Chief Leon Lantagne, officials are waiting on approval, which they hope to have shortly.
The up-fit to the building will require minor work such as painting and turning the different rooms into a kitchen and bunk rooms.
The plan must get approval from the mayor and town council and once operational, will be utilized for at least a year.
The location for the temporary facility is right off Highway 17 and Lieben Road, visible from the highway.
The permanent station at Carolina Park is in the beginning stages of architectural drawing approval and developing a construction timeline, Lantagne said.
Ken Glasson, chairman of the fire committee of town council said the main requirement is that there is a five mile distance requirement from residential areas to a station. There has to be an accredited station set up, he said. Because of the delay at Carolina Park and the lack of funding to build Station 6 there, the time sequence to relieve those folks on the very north end of town is lengthy.
“The Berkeley County Co-Op has been outstanding in their support for what we are doing and trying to help us,” he added.
“Regardless of the number of people this helps, it is up to us as town leaders to do what is necessary to support the entire town,” he said.