MYRTLE -- The last two years the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department has had good fortune.
Last year the department received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that enabled it to purchase a slightly used fire truck.
With the new firetruck came the need for more space, and the fire department decided to build a new fire house. Adjacent to the old fire house, construction began recently and the building is done except for the doors.
"The building is 40-foot. by 40-foot and is three-bay," firefighter John Wrenfrow said. The building was built strictly with donated labor. We would especially like to thank Honeycutt Construction. We would name everyone that helped but we're afraid we would miss someone," he said.
By the time the building is finished it will cost an estimated $15,000 to $16,000.
Fire department members say that's a lot of fish fries and barbecues. Except for a rare grant, the fire department operates on donations only. It charges no membership fee. Firefighters hold several fish fries and pancake breakfasts every year; their major fund-raiser is coming up Sept. 25 -- Myrtle YesterDaze. The day will start off with a pancake and sausage breakfast at the fire house. Barbecue will be served at noon. This will include all the trimmings.
Between now and the festival, donations are being sought for a Remington .270 rifle that will be given away around noon at YesterDaze.
Department members said the tickets sell for $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased from any fire department member.
Carroll Garrison serves as fire chief and has since the early 1990s. Delores Larsen is the fire department secretary.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution toward the new building may send it to the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department, Myrtle, MO, 65778.