Houston County (GA) Moving from Volunteer to Paid Service, Will Open New Station

Chief Christopher Stoner said that the department must have the facilities to support firefighters who are staying overnight.

According to a report from WGXA, the Houston County (GA) Fire Department (HCFD) is slowly moving from being an all-volunteer department to one that is becoming increasingly reliant on 24-hour paid response.

HCFD Chief Christopher Stoner said that the department must have the facilities to support firefighters who are staying overnight.

The fire department will construct those facilities. In 2016, they opened their first 24-hour station on Highway 247 Spur. The new station(s) will be more like replacements of the original ones.

The updated facility will be on Old SR-96, around the corner from where it is now and in a more open area. The property will be larger, allowing for what Stoner calls a “suitable size building and pad” for fire vehicles.

The original stations were designed to be just an office and a training room with a vehicle garage attached. Since then, the HCFD has opened one other 24-hour model on Lake Joy Road. The department is currently working on a third replacement, as Fire Station #2 on Church Road receives an upgrade.

Stoner also said that, once the station is complete, there will still be volunteers to supplement paid staff to make sure at least one member will be at the facility 24 hours a day.

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