Baconton firefighters ask city leaders for new fire station
Chief David Forrester, Baconton Fire Department
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -
The Baconton Volunteer Fire Department is turning to the city and Mitchell County for help getting a new fire station.
Chief David Forrester said the department has outgrown the current station on Highway 19, and the property owner has asked the department to move.
The chief said there aren't any buildings in Baconton that can accommodate the fire trucks. He said the only option is to build a new building, which could house new training facilities.
"The city actually owns several pieces of land here in the city limits. One being right behind us here beside city hall, which is a good location. It gives us good access to Highway 19, which we want to stay as close to 19 as we can because that sort of splits our fire district," said Chief David Forrester, Baconton Fire Department.
He said planners are drawing up a proposal for a new building, but there's no cost estimate yet.
Forrester said the department has a class 4 ISO rating which is among the highest 98-percent in the country.