USDA program funds more than farming, including rural fire station

Representatives of the US Department of Agriculture attended a groundbreaking in Southside recently, but it had nothing to do with putting crops in the ground.

The groundbreaking was for Southside’s new fire station, being constructed with a $4.1 million investment from the USDA’s Rural Development program, according to State Director Nivory Gordon, that will “greatly enhance the capability of the town’s emergency services.”

The new station is being constructed on Alabama Highway 77 just south of the Southside Water Works, and across the roadway from New Seasons Church.

“Wherever you may be in Alabama, when you dial 911, you have an expectation that someone is going to answer that call,” Gordon said. “With this investment here today, we are empowering rural first responders, and giving them the facilities that they need to help save the lives of rural residents in Etowah County.”

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