PHOTOS: A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the new Swan Quarter Fire Department on Saturday.
Federal and state officials broke ground with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture North Carolina Rural Development, who is investing $1 million in loans and disaster grants to construct a substation and purchase fire equipment for Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department, USDA said.
“The substation is needed to reduce response times and improve fire protection services to residents in the Swan Quarter,” USDA said.
Rural Development Acting State Director Mel Ellis said Swan Quarter is a growing rural community where citizens will receive the help they need if there is an emergency.
The building will contain a commercial grade kitchen, training room, office spaces, American Disabilities Act compliant bathrooms with showers and bays that can facilitate four firetrucks, USDA said.