From the Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department
Work on the site of the new Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Service (SQVFD) substation began in mid-January and the first signs of actual construction of the building were seen on April 22 when the vertical beams steel, roof trusses and supports were methodically hoisted into place.
Stocks & Taylor Construction, Inc. of Washington, NC is overseeing the $1.5 million project, made possible by a USDA Community Facilities Grant and a long-term loan.
Site clearing and backfilling went well. After initial plumbing and electrical work was completed, concrete for the foundation and floor of the 5,086 square foot facility was poured in late February. Fairways, ponds and swales have been constructed.
Fire Chief Jeffrey Stotesberry says he expects work to progress quickly over the next two weeks.
“If the weather cooperates, the remaining steel supports should be in place and once that’s done, the roof and sides of the building can be installed,” Stotesberry said. “These workers know what they are doing and how to get the job done quickly and efficiently.”
“Once the hull is in place, interior work will begin and I expect that will move forward just as quickly,” Stotesberry said. “It is too early to know when the completion date will be, but we are already looking forward to our groundbreaking ceremony this summer.”
The SQVFD was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens concerned with ensuring an organized fire safety presence in the community. Since then, their scope of business has expanded and so has the level of services they offer. Today they operate with twenty-one unpaid volunteers who provide not only fire response but also first responder service for medical emergencies. They also work with schools in Hyde County to educate young people in the community about fire safety. They are a nonprofit entity recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and donations to the Swan Neighborhood Volunteer Fire Department are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.