KINGMAN - Hualapai Fire Department personnel, directors and residents living in the area in the vicinity of Cactus Wren Road joined in the dedication of the new Fire Station No. 3.
The station opened last April and services the area around the Lake Juniper and Fountain Hills subdivisions.
Hualapai Fire Chief Wayne Eder told the crowd of 50 to 60 that the new station is an important part of the department's history.
"Three years ago, this was nothing but a dream for this community," Eder said.
"As this facility grows, it's going to be a better service for this community, which is our goal," he said.
Eder thanked all emergency personnel, directors and residents for making the station a reality.
"When we started this project, we had nothing," Eder said, noting the $310,000 in donations and grants for construction and equipment and a federal grant of $600,000 for fire and emergency response personnel.
Department Chaplain Larry Moore said he was proud to represent the department and compared the job of a firefighter to being in a ministry.
"It's one thing to dedicate this building, it's another for the people of this building to dedicate themselves," he said.
Board Chairperson Patricia Lewis said she told Eder that she and other residents needed fire protection, and if he could build a department there, she would give him the land.
"When he told us initially what his budget was, we laughed at him, and he did it," she said.
"I was a little worried he bit off more than he could chew," Board Clerk Ed Schrum said."He's a determined person, and his guys are. Without this fire station, we don't know where we would've been."
Linda Wilson, a resident in the district living in Quail Estates, said she was glad the station was close to answer a 911 call she made earlier this month to assist her father-in-law suffering from dementia.
"It's really nice, because we need it," she said.
Station 3 is a little more than 4,000 square feet and sits on 1.3 acres.
Two to three personnel man the station at all times, with an engine and water tender permanently on site.