The USDA program funds more than just agriculture, including the rural fire station

US Department of Agriculture officials attended a recent groundbreaking ceremony in Southside, but it had nothing to do with planting crops.

The groundbreaking was for Southside’s new fire station, which is being built with a $4.1 million investment from the USDA’s rural development program, according to State Superintendent Nivory Gordon, which “will significantly improve the efficiency of the city’s emergency services.”

The new station will be built on Alabama Highway 77 south of the Southside Water Works and across the street from New Seasons Church.

“Wherever you are in Alabama, when you dial 911, you have an expectation that someone will answer that call,” Gordon said. “With this investment here today, we are empowering rural first responders and giving them the facilities they need to save the lives of rural residents in Etowah County.”