The Story Volunteer Fire Department does a lot more than just fight fires.
This group of nine dedicated citizens serve as first responders to various emergency situations and often offers medical aid before police or ambulatory support arrives. They take care of more than 800 residents of Story, and that number doubles when tourists flood through. The firemen have, on their own initiative, recently embarked on the project of preparing the firehouse to serve as an emergency shelter. Firehall president, Jerry Prescott, explains why Story needs a shelter.
The first step to making the firehouse double as an emergency shelter was to get a generator. Afterward, the firefighters have worked with various local and statewide nonprofit organizations to become registered as an official shelter and start building a food cache, which is ongoing. Fire Chief, Mike Onstott, said his reason for wearing so many hats is simple.
The Story Volunteer Fire Department operates on on $40,000 per year.