News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta firefighters are trying to save a 100-year-old fire station and turn it into a museum. The problem is how and where would they get the funds.
Normally, firefighters are known for rescuing people, but this time, they're trying to save a fire station.
"It needs to be doing something other than standing here and falling down. I'm glad to see these guys come out," said Campbell Meadows.
Meadows is one of 20 retired and active firefighters who say they want to turn the old station into a museum. They volunteered to sweep floors, polish poles and fix leaks.
"It has some leaks under there. He's trying to repair it," Meadows said.
"It's important to the firefighters because this building is 100 years old. It had the first motorized truck here in Augusta," said LT. Joey Smith.
Fire Station #7 is pretty lucky. It survived the great fire of 1917, the Great Depression and Civil Rights riot, but the end could be near.
"There are other opportunities. I'm not to sure if we want to maintain an empty building," said City Administrator Fred Russell.
Firefighters have raised $1,000 so far to preserve its heritage, but it's not nearly enough.
"You probably looking at $100,000 or $200,000. We can do it. It's not a big deal," Meadows said.
If the group doesn't find funding, the project dies.