Sipsey determined to provide fire protection

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SIPSEY, Ala. (WIAT) — The town of Sipsey in Walker County is trying to get a fire department up and running, to help save lives and structures.

They have one fire truck and a pumper trunk donated so far, along with a few pieces of lifesaving gear. So far they have 19 volunteers, none of them are getting paid. They’re reaching out to other departments in the region hoping they can donate equipment such as hoses, foam, helmets with face protectors, oxygen tanks, breathing masks, wrenches, even a new building.

Pineywoods donated their current truck.

Fire Chief Heather Adams says she was inspired to get involved after the 2011 tornado destroyed her home. She says her family lost everything and first responders made sure her family had three meals a day.  Her  17 year old son Gary is also one of the new volunteer firefighters.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-CBS 42

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