Charleston (SC) Public Safety Department Seeks Funds for New Fire Station

The St. Andrews Public Safety Department is seeking more than $8.3 million from Charleston County to upgrade facilities and equipment.

According to a report from WCSC, the St. Andrews Public Safety Department (SAPSD) in Charleston, South Carolina, is seeking more than $8.3 million from Charleston County to upgrade facilities and equipment, arguing that its structures are outdated to the point where anew construction is now a necessity and, if not done, fiscally irresponsible.

Fire Station No. 3 in West Ashley is more than 50 years old now, so the SAPSD says it hopes to build a new facility at the Church Creek Plaza, which is across the street on Old Parsonage Road.

SAPSD District Manager Christie Holderness said the new fire station would have an additional bay for an engine, living quarters for firefighters, and more. The Fleet Maintenance Facility, which holds all of the district’s 40 fleet vehicles such as fire apparatus and garbage trucks, is also approximately 50 years old.

Holderness says the SAPSD wants to knock down the current facility and rebuild a new one to include much needed space for service and maintenance for the district’s 40 fleet vehicles, as well as serve the 20 employees of the Environmental Service Department.

Holderness says the SAPSD hopes to break ground on the Fleet Maintenance Facility sometime in 2021.

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