Jellico Rescue Squad is gaining some elbow room with new addition; fundraising continues

TOP PHOTO: (From left to right) Last Friday, Campbell County Mayor Jack Lynch, Jellico Rescue Squad Captain Marty Bowlin and State Sen. Ken Yager viewed the progress made so far on the squad building’s expansion.

Marty Bowlin points to the squad’s new brush truck that’s used on mountain and brush fires. The truck carries the squads wild land equipment.

JELLICO, TN (WLAF) – Three new bays and shower facilities are in the works at the Jellico Rescue Squad’s new addition to its current squad building. It’s an expansion that is needed to the over 25- year- old main structure that sits in the middle of town.

The project began in November and is expected to be completed by the start of summer.

See a related story where Representative Dennis Powers and Senator Ken Yager presented checks to the Jellico Rescue Squad fundraiser.

A lot of items are being stored outside until the new expansion is completed.

The renovation will allow for room in the new bays for the new fire engine, ATVs and boats, according to JRS Captain Marty Bowlin. All of those items are now being stored in tight quarters a wall over from where the new construction is underway.

Showers are a new addition as work continues on the roof.

JRS covers 250 square miles from the Claiborne County line to the Stinking Creek Exit of I-75, eight miles into Kentucky and a total of 30 miles of I-75, which is 60 miles when counting north and south lanes. As of Wednesday, the JRS has answered 50 calls, including two brush fires, so far in 2024; that’s over 59 days.

There’s a special bay in the new section of the squad building that will house this new fire engine.

The recent addition of a large fire engine has enabled the service area’s Insurance Services Office rating to dramatically improve. “When those grant dollars become available for us to purchase a bigger tanker truck, the ISO will improve even more,” said the captain. “It’s a chance for us to better serve our community,” said Bowlin.

Capt. Bowlin shows off the new EMR unit (Emergency Medical Response). “We’re able to treat a patient until an ambulance arrives. This is big for the community plus those needing aid on I-75,” said the captain.

“I’ve worn every hat here,” said Bowlin. He serves the Jellico Rescue Squad as its captain, in his third year, and as its chaplain. Bowlin leads the 30 member squad where he’s been a member for 33 years.

Since Bowlin retired from coal mining, he’s devoted even more time to the squad.

The ATV will eventually be housed in the new bays.

Contributions for the expansion fundraiser can be sent to the Jellico Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 292, Jellico, Tn., 37762.

The memorial showcase was added last year in honor of those members of the Jellico Rescue Squad who have gone on.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/29/2024-6AM)