Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Volunteer Fire Department Transfers Ownership of Fire Station #32 to Cherokee County

January 16, 2018

Representatives with the Board of Trustees of the former Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department transferred ownership of Fire Station 32, located at 3644 Sugar Pike Road, to Cherokee County last Friday.

During ceremonies held at 4PM last Friday, members of the board of the volunteer fire department met with Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, at the station for brief ceremony. According to Jack Tuszynski, Vice President of the board, “After careful thought and consideration by the Board of Trustees of the former Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department, currently the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Division of the Cherokee County Volunteers, acting in good faith as stewards of the community, we will be transferring ownership of Station 32 and the parcel of property on which it rests to Cherokee County.”

Due to recent changes brought on by organizational restructuring and growth within the community and the area, the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department determined that in order for the property to continue to serve as a fire station serving the residents within the Hickory Flat community as it has for decades, the transfer of ownership was necessary. 

According to Larry Berry, a former Chief of the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department who had served for 40 years, “Station 32 was placed in service in July of 1978. The first “duty guys” were hired based on the 1998 fire tax and started in March of 1999.

The building is scheduled to be upgraded and/or replaced in the coming years, however, it will remain a fire station serving the community and residents. On the day it ceases to do so, ownership of the property will revert to the heirs of the original deeded property owner with which the agreement was made.

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Attending the transfer of Station #32 to Cherokee County were (left to right); Jack Tuszynski, Vice President of HFVFD, Tim Crossland, former Fire Chief of HFVFD, Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Larry Berry, a charter member who served for 40 years until his retirement last year and Mark Cornelius, President of the HFVFD.
Attending the transfer of Station #32 to Cherokee County were (left to right); Jack Tuszynski, Vice President of HFVFD, Tim Crossland, former Fire Chief of HFVFD, Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Larry Berry, a charter member who served for 40 years until his retirement last year and Mark Cornelius, President of the HFVFD. (click image for slideshow)
Hickory Flat Fire Station #32 was one of three fire stations constructed in the Hickory Flat community.
Hickory Flat Fire Station #32 was one of three fire stations constructed in the Hickory Flat community.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather (seated left) and Mark Cornelius (seated right) sign the paperwork as Larry Berry and Tim Crossland look on.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather (seated left) and Mark Cornelius (seated right) sign the paperwork as Larry Berry and Tim Crossland look on.