The Albany Fire Chief says a new maintenance facility for expensive equipment could help the city save thousands of dollars.
City Commissioners unanimously approved more than $351,000 for a fire department storage building to be built on Honeysuckle Drive. The department currently houses equipment at the city's 11 stations.
Merck Chemical donated $100,000 for the new facility, which the chief says will centralize the department's equipment.
"It allowed us to build a building that will meet our needs in the future, not just now. So it gave us the ability to actually design a building that will take us well into the future," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.
The building was also partially funded by voter-approved SPLOST money. He also says centralizing equipment will make the department more efficient.
Commissioners will take a final vote at their next meeting.