Posted: Thursday, July 25th 2013 at 4:43pm
Forsyth County opens new fire station
By Alyson Shields Staff
CUMMING - Forsyth County officials have uncoupled the fire hose - a ceremony similar to a ribbon cutting - and Fire Station 3 is now open and ready to fight fires.
The new station, located on Wallace Tatum Road, replaced the old building, located on nearby Doctor Bramblett Road, and was funded by SPLOST VI and Impact Fees.
"We've been fortunate enough to have SPLOST and Impact fees here that help us fund replacing those older facilities that served us well for many years but just were not practical for us any longer," said Forsyth County Division Chief Jason Shivers.
The new building is now designed for 24-hour occupancy, including a fitness center. The new station also has drive-thru bays for the trucks, allowing safer and faster entries and exits and an upgraded ventilation system that removes diesel exhaust.
"[It was] all designed around the health and welfare of the fire-fighters and the wise use of the tax dollar so that this facility will last for many, many years to come," said Shivers.
Shivers said the new commercial-grade construction has at least a 50 year life expectancy.
Firefighters began answering alarms from the facility the day before the hose uncoupling.
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