MT. JULIET, Tenn. - The firefighters at Mt. Juliet's Station One have been on the job for less than two weeks.
After working for more than 15 years to make it happen, the city finally launched its own department instead of having to depend on the county.
Firefighters have only been sent to about 20 calls so far, and none of them have been structure fires, but Chief Erron Kinney said it is good practice in a community that has already embraced them.
"Usually when you come into a fire department things are well established," he said. "There's a long line of tradition. So having to build everything from the ground up, there's little things here and there, from a hydrant wrench to an adapter or fitting, you want to make sure you don't forget."
The department currently has two engines. Four more are on order and should be delivered by Thanksgiving.
A second station is already in the works for another part of Mt. Juliet.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.