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New Valdosta airport fire station nearing completion

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The soon-to-be-completed new Valdosta Regional Airport fire station The soon-to-be-completed new Valdosta Regional Airport fire station
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

After years of planning and construction, Valdosta Regional Airport will soon have a brand new fire station.

The new station will be bigger than the old one and will have upgraded amenities such as a formal decontamination room and a place for firefighters to clean their gear.

"We expect it to be finished sometime, this building we're in now, sometime in May," said Valdosta Regional Airport Manager Jim Galloway, standing inside the soon-to-be-completed new fire station.

"Once we get this building complete, we'll actually start operating out of it. But then we still need to demolish the old building and do some paving and fencing before the project is totally complete," Galloway continued.

The project costs about $3 million dollars.

"Ninety percent of that comes from a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, two and a half percent comes from the Georgia Department of Transportation, and seven and a half percent comes from airport funds," Galloway explained. "So, we've got a lot of money coming in from the outside, however roughly seventy five percent of that money is spent right here in our region."

Valdosta's interim fire chief says that's money well spent.

"It's a tremendous asset to our fire department to have a new and upgraded facility at the airport and our airport crash rescue fire station," admitted J.D. Rice, Valdosta's Interim Fire Chief.

Rice says with this new station, the area is now ready for the 21st century.

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