Fire Station 110 Opens On Schedule, Under Budget
Responders at Fire Station 110 received their first emergency dispatch before the ceremonial ribbon was even cut. Supporters attending the Nov. 21 grand opening cheered as firefighters sped swiftly to the scene in two trucks, sirens blaring.
“I am very excited to enhance safety and fire protection in Bibb County. This will allow for better service for the community and will make response times much quicker” Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief Marvin Riggs said. “I’m proud that we can provide this level of quality and protection.”
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert A. B. Reichert echoed the chief’s sentiments, applauding the success of the SPLOST project, as well as its timely completion.
“I am most grateful for Stafford Builders being able to finish this project on time and under budget.” Stafford delivered the project on schedule and almost a million dollars shy of the allotted $4 million budget. The remaining $800,000 will be funneled into other SPLOST projects.
Located at 2930 Heath Road in Macon, the fire station is dedicated to Joe O. Allen, former Bibb County District 4 Commissioner and veteran fire fighter, and will serve the western community.
Previously, the closest fire departments to west Macon were located on Price Rd and Mercer University Dr. But as the city of Macon continues to expand west towards Lizella, public safety concerns have increased in recent years due to emergency response delays. The new station is expected to decrease emergency response times by a minimum of three minutes—which can be a critical in times of peril.
The 8,000-square foot structure will house more than half a dozen responders and two trucks at any given time. Additionally, it includes such state-of –the-art features as customized, sensored traffic lights that signal fire truck drivers whether they have sufficient clearance when making rapid exits. The station also includes dedicated classroom space for firefighters for ongoing professional development with a computer, projector, television and dry erase board as training aids to enhance firefighter training. This space, which accommodates up to eight people, can also be reserved by the public to host local association, church, and neighborhood meetings.
— By Jasmine Wright