Parmelee, SD, Apr 17, 2012 -- The community of Parmelee, South Dakota, gathered today to celebrate the ground breaking of a new fire hall. A dream that started over four years ago, the fire hall will be home to the Parmelee Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Through continued dedication and determination, PVFD partnered with over ten different agencies and groups such as the Todd County Commissioners, State of South Dakota, Todd County Emergency Management, Rosebud Sioux Tribe-Tribal President and entities, BIA, South Central RC&D, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, and the Central South Dakota Enhancement District.
South Dakota USDA Rural Development provided funding for the project totaling $120,000 through a $55,000 Community Facility Direct loan and $65,000 Community Facility grant, along with other funding including a $10,000 applicant contribution, and $130,000 Community Development Block Grant from the State of South Dakota for a total project cost of $260,000. The fire department and community, led by local resident Susan Kary, were able to access financial resources and build the support from the community for the project.
“This project exemplifies President Obama’s commitment to invest in improved infrastructure and is a prime example of how Rural Development programs can assist with the development of essential community services,” said Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks. “The leaders of this small community determined that they were in need of a fire station – they had already secured a fire truck – and they persevered until they secured the funding, even though it took them over four years.”
Parmelee is approximately 21 miles from the closest fire department and responses to fires sometimes took 45 minutes. The need for the fire hall was apparent for quicker response times for emergency situations and for storage of trucks and equipment. The new fire hall will be a 50’x70 foot pre-engineered building with three bays and portion of the facility will be made available for community functions. The 20 person volunteer fire department serves a population of 1,188.
“I wish to thank everyone who has so willingly supported us in our efforts, “said Susan Kary, Secretary for the Parmelee Volunteer Fire Department. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the partnerships. We appreciate everyone who participated in our event. It means so much to our volunteer fire men and women and our small community to see this project become a reality.”
USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state serving South Dakotans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.
Further information on this and other programs offered by USDA Rural Development is available by calling (605) 352-1100, by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/sd or at any local area office.