Country Financial donates $3,000 toward a new Pima Fire Station

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Jenna Ferrin: Daryl Weech, left, accepts a $3,000 check from Jenna Ferrin, center, and Vaughn Grant, right, of Country Financial, to go toward a new fire station. 

By Jon Johnson

PIMA – The Pima Fire Department received a nice increase in its efforts to collect funds for a new fire station on Saturday when Vaughn Grant and Jenna Ferrin of Country Financial presented the department with a $3,000 check. 

According to Grant, the funds are made possible through Country Financial’s “Helping Hero’s” program to assist local agencies. The business has presented such a check to first responders for the past four years.  

Grant and Ferrin presented the check at a barbecue fundraiser at the current station. The cost to construct a new fire station could be $2 million or more depending on the amenities and funds – including federal grants – available. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The current fire station is too small for newer, larger trucks and has flooding issues.

The plan is to raze the current station and adjacent Pima Library and build a larger replacement station in the same location but elevated to alleviate flooding issues. The library, in turn, will be relocated closer to the Pima School facilities and have a larger space as well.