INDIAN SPRINGS, MS (WDAM) - The people of Indian Springs have been operating without a fire department for years. Their solution in the past was to call on fire departments close to the area such as Petal, Forrest County or New Augusta.
One community member said that in the past, neighbors wouldn’t bother waiting on the fire truck to put the fire out, instead they did it themselves.
“We had a house burned down over there and it took them about an hour and 30 minutes to get out here,” said Irvin Travis, an Indian Springs resident. “If my house catch fire, we gone go over there and crank the tractor up and get the water and put the fire out.”
Perry County Supervisor Bobby Ray Bolton of District 1 is in the process of building a new fire department, but this time it will be placed within the town of Indian Springs.
“They’ve been in need of a fire department, which I’ve been had $6,000 saved up over the years to construct a fire department,” said Bolton.
The New Augusta Volunteer Fire Department responded to Indian Springs fire and medical calls in the past, but Fire Chief Scott Extine said time was an issue.
“By the time we got there it was gone, normally what we do is, if we have a structure fire we immediately call sunrise,” said Extine. “To Indian Springs, for us you know to run it takes us about 20 to 25 minutes to get out there, but when you’re here in town you know we are here within a couple minutes of the call.”
Bolton said the building is in the process and members of the Indian Springs community should expect construction to start within the next 30 days.