The Kimberlin Heights community of Knox County dedicated a new fire station completed by Johnson University on Wednesday, November 28, at 10:30 a.m. The two-bay facility will house a fire engine, an emergency medical service support vehicle, and a mini-pumper.
The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) replaced the present 1979 fire truck with a refurbished 1988 E-One engine with a 65' boom nozzle recently purchased from the Knoxville Fire Department. An EMS support vehicle will also be kept at the station to better serve their response area. The new station house includes living quarters and will serve as an area of refuge for the Kimberlin Heights community in the event of a long power outage.
This new facility continues a commitment made by Johnson’s founder in 1904 after a campus building was totally destroyed by fire. Since 1904 Johnson has made being prepared in the event of another fire a priority. “The University’s commitment to keeping this community safe has grown from a bucket brigade to a fully equipped fire brigade which frequently trains with SVFD firefighters,” said John Linsenbigler, Brigade Chief and Director of Plant Services at Johnson University.
SVFD will move equipment from the old two car garage located on Johnson’s main campus to this new facility located on Kimberlin Heights Road near the Post Office. “We are indebted to SVFD for their commitment to keeping Johnson and the Kimberlin Heights community safer,” said Chief Linsenbigler.