Volunteer fire department ready for new home

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July 30, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Darrell and Travis Baughn and Dan Rider sort through equipment and go through old pictures in the current Allen County Rural District No. 2 Volunteer Fire Department, which sits on the outskirts of Iola. For 16 years, RV Park and Storage west of Iola has served as their station. That will all come to an end soon, though, with the decision by Allen County Commissioners for the department to have its very own fire station.

Darrell Baughn has been with the department since 1981 and serves as the Fire Chief. He has seen a lot during his time with the station.

“We have saved quite a bit since then. I remember one Christmas we were called to a house and I was thinking it was probably just a party, but we were able to save that house. We were squirting water on it, and after the people got all their stuff out, they looked at us and said, ‘let it burn, let it burn,’” Darrell Baughn said. “I was like, no. We have got to put it out.”

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