FLINT — A new fire station under construction is expected to replace a smaller one that was built in the 1970s and has been facing electrical problems.

The Smith County Emergency Services District No. 2 broke ground on the building at 11029 County Road 140 in Flint on Thursday night.

The building will be the new Flint-Gresham Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 1, replacing the one at 18823 Farm-to-Market Road 2493.

“This station will be a much-needed upgrade to the current one that has been plagued with electrical problems and size limitations for current equipment,” the district said in a news release.

This was one of two fire stations that the district broke ground on this week. The other one was for the Arp Volunteer Fire Department at 201 Arnold St.

“The station is designed to be a centerpoint in the community, and will give the first responders a place to gather for emergencies and conduct training,” the release said.

“It is also designed to house the much-needed equipment in today’s fire service,” the release said. “Once construction crews arrive and begin, the project is expected to take 10 months to complete.”

The emergency services district is separate from the county government and is the primary funding source for 11 volunteer fire departments in Smith County.

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