Construction has begun on a new fire hall in Joy. Once completed, the building will house all of Joy VFD’s trucks and equipment, a need not met by the department’s current facilities.
“The station is necessary due to space, training requirements and adequate storage for fire and EMS equipment and supplies,” said Joy VFD member Bill Wekenborg.
Castro’s Concrete of Wichita Falls poured the foundation Wednesday of last week. The prefabricated metal building will be delivered Nov. 1, and erected soon afterwards.
The 5,400 square feet structure will front Old Joy-Shannon Road on three properties that have been donated to the VFD. The building will be 60 feet wide by 90 feet long with 16-foot walls. The structure will be located in front of the Joy Community Center, on the R.W. Slaughter property, which was the location of the Joy Post Office, donated by the Slaughter heirs.
To the south of the building site is the abandoned Joy Methodist Church, donated by the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Inc. The church, which is infested with termites, will be demolished at a later date.
Katherine Reed donated the third property. Joy VFD paid for transfer of the Reed and Slaughter properties.
The station is designed with two drive thru bays to accommodate tankers and larger equipment, one full bay and one half bay in the back of the building, room for storage of support equipment, medical supplies and personnel protective clothing, a training and meeting room, office and communications room as well as restrooms and a kitchen.
With a kitchen, the facility can be used in the event of evacuation for fire or other disasters. The building is designed to accommodate persons in wheel chairs and the disabled.
The truck bay area is designed to accommodate five fire trucks. The Joy VFD has two brush trucks, one tractor-trailer tanker, and one truck for structure fires. The new station will provide adequate room to store and secure the tanker inside the building, keeping it in service year round. Currently, the tanker is stored outside, and the water drained during cold weather. The structure truck must be secured and stored inside the building before it can be put into service due to freezing and securing the type of firefighting equipment required for fire suppression.
Joy VFD will continue fundraising efforts on Saturday, Oct. 27 with its fourth annual Smokey Bear Motorcycle run. Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. at Red River Harley Davidson, located on Hwy. 287 North at City View Drive in Wichita Falls. Cost is $20 per single rider, $30 for doubles. The first 175 registrants will receive a Smokey Bear collector pin.
Prizes will be handed out at each of four rest stops and at the end of the ride. Lunch, drawings and entertainment will be provided at the Joy Community Center.
Joy VFD will host its annual brisket and sausage dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Joy Community Center. Deer hunters are welcome. Cost is a donation.
A smoker will be raffled during the dinner. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and can be purchased from Joy fire fighters, residents and at the door.