HURON, S.D. – (From USDA Rural Development) The community of Parmelee, South Dakota, gathered Tuesday to celebrate the ground breaking of a new fire hall. The fire hall will be home to the Parmelee Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. South Dakota USDA Rural Development provided funding for the project totaling $120,000 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. 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’x 70 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.
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