NEWPORT—Three years of fundraising, planning and construction paid off as the joint efforts of the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department and Newport Rescue Squad opened the doors to their new substation on Armory Road.

The small firehouse will hold one fire truck and one rescue squad vehicle on either side of the building, and members of both groups are excited to have a station located closer to where many of them live.

“It will allow members to have a response time that is several minutes quicker for this part of the community,” said Rescue Squad Captain Pud Valentine.

Prior to this new substation, members had much further to travel as the regular rescue squad building is located on the west end of Newport.

Chief Michael Shelton of the Cosby Vounteer Fire Department said home owners in the immediate area will benefit as well due to the station’s proximity.

“It’s nice to have another community centered foundation in the area for people to gather behind,” said County Mayor Crystal Ottinger.

Ottinger also mentioned the benefit of lower insurance rates for homeowners in the immediate vicinity.

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