The Story Fire District is a Sheridan County fire district that has been in existence since 1952 and
presently serves the southern portion of the county south of Meade Creek and includes the
Community of Story (unincorporated). A recognized shortfall in the district's ability to
effectively respond to fire emergencies is due to a lack of a central, reliable year round water
supply. The closest surface water source to a fire serves as the district's supply for fighting the
fire. In the winter months, when surface water is frozen over, the only reliable supply is from the
Story Fish Hatchery which is at a remote location in relation to the whole district.
The district is planning upgrades by moving its base operation to a new location, building a new
fire hall, and replacing out-dated equipment. In addition, the district board wishes to improve the
ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating for the district from its present rating of 9 to a rating of 7.
WWDC funding is sought for test drilling for development of a ground water supply source
which is nearby and reliable in the winter months.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project be incorporated in the New Development program at Level
II with an appropriation of $25,000 to drill a test well.