Valdosta - Better fire protection is on the way for one South Georgia town.
City leaders broke ground on a new fire station in Valdosta Friday. The new headquarters will be built next to the old station one on Oak Street. The 11,000 square foot facility will provide better response times and more room for new equipment.
"Now we're going to be able to place one ladder truck near the mall to protect the hotels and that area and house one downtown to protect the buildings downtown and the university so this will help us provide the fire protection coverage our citizens deserve and we desperately need," said Chief J.D. Rice.
The new fire station is being built with local sales tax money. Construction should be complete by September.