The New fire station in Rough and Ready was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday. Rough and Ready Fire Captain Monty Wright says The new building was named for longtime fire volunteer H. Bruce Davison who also donated 20 feet of his own property so that the fire station would have enough land.
“Right around September 1968 a young gentleman, Bruce Davidson came into town and decided that he wanted to join the fire department and he’s been with the fire department ever since then continuously, nonstop and as of today, that service totals 43 years, four months and 13 days, not that we’re counting.”
Chief Don Gannon says the all volunteer fire department raised over $900,000 dollars on its’ own and the department won a very competitive $1.1 million dollar FEMA grant to move the project forward. He thanked all the volunteer firefighters for their thousands of hours of work.
“There’s thousands and thousands of hours every year that’s put in by these young men and women and they do it without pay and without griping and complaining about it and I think they deserve the biggest applause of all.”
The Rough and Ready Fire Department has 3 officers, Chief Don Gannon, Assistant Chief Bob Vaughn and Captain Monty Wright and 18 firefighters.
The new 8,000 square foot building was completed in six months and Bruce Ivy Construction was also thanked for bring the project in on time and 4 percent under bids. Supervisor Hank Weston and Congressman Tom McClintock were thanked for moving the project forward and the entire community for their support.