Pecan Valley looks to start new volunteer fire department - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Pecan Valley looks to start new volunteer fire department

COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla_ A longtime Pecan Valley resident says he's tired of the lack of fire protection in his neighborhood, so he is doing something about it.

Larry Cotton is heading up the effort to establish a volunteer fire department for those neighborhoods between Lawton and Cache.

He took action after the City of Cache rejected a proposal two weeks ago to build a fire substation for Pecan Valley.

In the past few months pecan valley has lost two homes to fire. It's less than three miles away from Lawton Fire Station #7, but technically it's covered by Cache.

With how busy Cache's fire department can be, especially this past weekend with the flooding, Cotton doesn't want his area to be second priority.

"It would have been a total disaster. The houses would have been lost; people would have died over it," Cotton said.

It takes Cache Fire roughly eight minutes to respond to Pecan Valley, something a department here would surely improve.

"At least in half, that's close enough to get a fire knocked down before it gets completely out of control," Cotton said.

Cotton says he's heard plenty of positive feedback from neighbors for the department, especially when they realize how much it will reduce their insurance rates.

"I kind of understand for each point we reduce it we are talking about a 10 percent reduction in just the fire insurance portion on the insurance policy of a home," Cotton said.

He says that savings should be more than enough to offset a proposed $200 fee from each homeowner to cover the $100,000 startup costs for firefighting equipment.

One of the biggest costs a new volunteer fire department faces is land and a building. Pecan Valley will be cutting that cost after they've been offered two different locations. It'll be at a building next to Shelter Creek or on 112th at the Lawton Auto Auction.

Cotton says both sites are available for free. They'll just need to refurbish those buildings to fit the needs of the department.

Cotton says several retired Lawton fire fighters and former area volunteer fire fighters have already indicated they're willing to serve.

"What we have to teach the people now is to get involved in helping put out other peoples fire. Do the things we need to do so they won't catch on fire. If they do then you got to participate to help put the fires out," Cotton said.

Cotton believes he can have the department up and running by the beginning of the year. The county commissioners will still have to approve any opening of a new volunteer fire department.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • OK teacher arrested after allegedly attacking a police officer

    OK teacher arrested after allegedly attacking a police officer

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 2:57 PM EDT2017-03-29 18:57:58 GMT
    Joshua WannJoshua Wann

    An Oklahoma teacher allegedly attacked an officer during an arrest. Authorities were called to an accident after a driver ran a red light. The driver of the car, Joshua Wann, 29, reportedly smelled like mouthwash and alcohol. Wann, an English teacher at Broken Arrow High School, failed several field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

    An Oklahoma teacher allegedly attacked an officer during an arrest. Authorities were called to an accident after a driver ran a red light. The driver of the car, Joshua Wann, 29, reportedly smelled like mouthwash and alcohol. Wann, an English teacher at Broken Arrow High School, failed several field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

  • Hundreds gather at the state capitol to defend disability and rehabilitative services

    Hundreds gather at the state capitol to defend disability and rehabilitative services

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-03-29 18:44:49 GMT
    (Source KWTV)(Source KWTV)

    Hundreds of disabled people and their advocates gathered at the capitol and met with state lawmakers to demand the cuts to services stop. State agencies have been told to brace for more cuts due to a nearly $900-million budget gap. "If everyone's paying their taxes, if everyone's paying their premiums, if people have health insurance they don't have to go to the emergency room and not having to fight through government assistance healthcare.."

    Hundreds of disabled people and their advocates gathered at the capitol and met with state lawmakers to demand the cuts to services stop. State agencies have been told to brace for more cuts due to a nearly $900-million budget gap. "If everyone's paying their taxes, if everyone's paying their premiums, if people have health insurance they don't have to go to the emergency room and not having to fight through government assistance healthcare.."

  • Budget cuts to DPS will lead to driver’s license exam stations closing

    Budget cuts to DPS will lead to driver’s license exam stations closing

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 2:39 PM EDT2017-03-29 18:39:01 GMT
    (Source OK DPS)(Source OK DPS)

    The Department of Public Safety is anticipating another 15-percent budget cut. If that happens, they say they will have to close 25 driver’s license exam stations across Oklahoma. Some of the notable stations include Edmond, Norman and Shawnee. The closures would force some Oklahomans to travel more than 100 miles to the nearest exam station.

    The Department of Public Safety is anticipating another 15-percent budget cut. If that happens, they say they will have to close 25 driver’s license exam stations across Oklahoma. Some of the notable stations include Edmond, Norman and Shawnee. The closures would force some Oklahomans to travel more than 100 miles to the nearest exam station.

Powered by Frankly