LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Residents had mixed reactions about the new basic life support station coming to Highway 195.
Some said the station will be a life saver for many, while others said it was unnecessary.
Lee County Public Safety Director Welsey Wells gave us a first look at the former volunteer station that will be home to the new first responder station.
"That will house two personnel, two firefighter E-M-Ts, 24 hours a day, seven days," explained Wells.
Lee County commissioners voted to spend $400,000 on the new station to quicken response times.
"Lee County public safety strives to provide the fastest response possible to any of the citizens of Lee County that call for our assistance and need help," said Wells.
Before, the more than 400 residents in the northern part of the county would have to wait around 15 minutes.
In the past, they received calls for grass fires, vehicle fires and even for residents who fell and needed help getting up.
Now the response time will be reduced by a few minutes.
One resident said he wished it was there when he had bleeding in his stomach a few months back, he actually drove himself to Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany.
Another remarked the station was totally unnecessary given the nearest fire station was about 8 minutes away on Leslie Highway.
Construction of the new first responder station will start next month and should be operational by January 2018.
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