According to a report from DawsonCountyNews, Dawson County (GA) Fire & Emergency Services (DCFES) will officially cut the ribbon on its new Fire Station 8 at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. The ceremony will be open to the public.
The new station, located off of Sweetwater Juno Road, will offer improved fire and emergency medical services (EMS) coverage to the area, which was previously more difficult for the DCFES to reach.
DCFES Chief and EMA Director Danny Thompson noted that the new station’s location will help bring greater service to that particular area of Dawson County, which had been underserved for some time.
The faster response times out of the new station can make all the difference for residents in need of fire or EMS assistance, according to Thompson. The station will offer not only more thorough coverage of Dawson County but will also see many safety upgrades for DCFES members such as reducing their exposure to chemicals and other cancer-causing agents.
Thompson said the station will feature new exhaust systems that hook to apparatus tailpipes, which will suck cancer-causing agents into this system and out of the building. In addition, the gear storage room will be a negative-pressure room, so any cancer-causing agents on turnout gear will also be exhausted from the building. Lastly, a “gear extractor,” a type of washing machine for turnout gear, will clean the gear by removing the cancer-causing agents.
Fire Station 8, like other fire and EMS projects, will be funded by Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) dollars, so it will be the citizens’ support of SPLOST that will have paid for the project’s completion.