They don't get a paycheck, but firefighters in Somerset volunteer to help protect one of the largest, busiest districts in Bexar County. Today was a special day for them as they broke ground on a new, 8,000 square foot fire station.
It was a reversal of sorts, a grateful community coming to their aid.
This fall they'll have a new fire station that will actually have room for all their equipment.
“We're crowded and the city has given us a lot of patience because we've parked trucks in the church parking lot, in the street and everywhere else, but now we're going to have our own place and we're really excited for this”, said Fire Chief Eddie Dugosh.
More space to sleep means volunteers won't have to respond from their homes.
“There is room for them to stay they'll have a nice kitchen, beds, place to stay so you'll be able to get to the calls a lot quicker”, Dugosh says.
Emergency Services District 5 is paying for the station, but the land was donated by Robert Kurz's family.
“This property has been in my family over a hundred years, and we just thought it's a good thing to support the community, to help with the fire department”, says Kurz.