After many months of fundraising and continued training to expand their services, the Eyebrow Fire Hall is almost complete.
The members of the volunteer firefighting team began fundraising initiatives a few years ago, hoping to be able to raise enough to construct a brand new building complete with up to date equipment and training.
That day is creeping closer as they have almost hit their goal to pay for the building and hope to finish construction soon.
"We're thinking completion will be right around the 15th of October," explained Corey Doerksen, a volunteer firefighter in Eyebrow. "Heat will be in, doors will be in and we will be in."
"To build the fire hall was right in that 180-190 (thousand dollars) and then we had a lot of extras to put in, like putting in power. The sidewalk had to change because of the distance back to the fire hall, so there was a few extra expenditures. We figure we are going to be in the $220,000 range by the time we're done."
The community of Eyebrow was the lucky winner of 800 CHAB's Great Eight, collecting a $5,000 cheque sponsored by Hawk's Agro, along with some added funds that came from Enbridge Pipelines company on a few different occasions.
Thanks to these accumulated funds, they've participated in extensive training and acquired specialized equipment to help combat rural fires.
"We've got two fast response trucks now that are set up with foam that fight a lot of grass fires which seem to be the most common type of fire in the area. We don't have many building fires, quite often our older fire truck doesn't go to a fire unless it's to supply water. We've got a fast response truck here and another one in Tugaske in the fire hall there. They work quite well and are actually quite cheap firefighting equipment."
Despite members spending the last few years dedicated to collecting donations and raising money in the community, Doerksen noted they time has flown by and they're excited to utilize their new location.