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Published September 24, 2013, 06:14 PM

Audubon Fire Department needs help

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A call for help tonight from the Audubon Fire Department- It needs staff, and space.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A call for help tonight from the Audubon Fire Department- It needs staff, and space.

And now - the fire department is asking for your help, to attract more volunteers, and build a new city fire hall.

If a fire would have started in Audubon today, there was only one person from the department in town to fight it, the rest, busy working miles away.

The department has not had a new volunteer in nearly a year, leaving the rest of the crew to pick up the pieces.

Daniel Jacobson- Fire Dept. Volunteer: "There's a lot of times I go to work on two hours of sleep."

Daniel Jacobson is an electrician by day.

Jacobson: "You're on call 24 hours a day."

But often has to ditch his tools, when disaster strikes...

Like the rural Audubon garage fire late August... That severely burned a 21-year old.

Jacobson: "It's your duty on this earth to help people."

He's part of Audubon's 20-man volunteer fire department... Now looking for 5 more people to donate their time.

Darcy Savig- Fire Chief: "Every minute helps."

Like Daniel, most of the crew works out of town, finding it hard to drop everything anytime the phone rings, taking a toll on their response time.

Jacobson: "It does put a strain on everybody to have to step it up a little more. You just do the best you can with who we've got."

This is an old tanker

Right now the station has six trucks going out of only 3 doors, making space for the volunteers who can show up, extremely tight

Savig: "It's cramped quarters for the guys to get gear on, and get into the trucks."

So they're also asking for permission and funding to build a new 800 to 900 thousand dollar station, to solve the old building's space and structural problems.

"This floor is actually sinking"

Louise Jacobson- Lifelong Resident: "I think they definitely could use a new building. I know they house a lot of different equipment in there and they don't have enough room for it."

Making way for faster fire calls and a safer community.

Savig: "It's time for an update."

Jacobson: "It's not about the money. It takes a lot of time from your families and your work, but it's all about serving your community." >

The fire department says they've saved more than 100-thousand dollars for the new building... But additional funding would require tax increases; about 35 dollars or less each year, for people living in a 100-thousand dollar home.

They're holding an open house at the fire hall tomorrow beginning at 6:30 for more information.