TUSCOLA, Texas -

Jim Ned volunteer firefighters broke ground last week on their new fire department.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Kerr said they've been working towards this project for more than five years because they have outgrown their current facility.

Currently, Kerr said, there's no running water and space is limited for the fire engines.

"We'll be able to add simple things like restrooms, showers and a washer, so that we can wash our contaminated clothing here and not take it home to our families," Fire Chief Brandon Ford said.

The shell for the new station should be built in three months, but won't be furnished for another year or so.

Kerr said the community made construction of the new fire department possible because they are using donations to pay it off.

"We have really put a concerted effort into not spending money on things that are wants and only spending money on things that are needs so that we could save up and do what we're doing here without taking out a loan or having any debt with it," Kerr said.