Mayor Dana Snyder spoke to those gathered Nov. 16 for the groundbreaking of the new Southside Fire Station, where USDA Alabama Director Nivory Johnson, Southside Fire Chief Wade Buckner and Councilwoman Jenny Paul stand by.

The USDA program funds more than agriculture, including a rural fire station

USDA representatives attended a groundbreaking event on Southside recently, but it had nothing to do with putting crops in the ground.

Groundbreaking was for the new Southside fire station, which is being built with a $4.1 million investment from the USDA’s Rural Development Program, according to State Superintendent Nivory Gordon, which will “significantly enhance the city’s emergency services capacity.”

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

“Wherever you are in Alabama, when you call 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, giving them the facilities they need to help save the lives of rural people in Etowah County.”

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