Grand opening ceremony of Fire Station No. 4.
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November 20, 2012FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman described the newest Fire Station No. 4 as "modern, modest, comfortable and efficient."
He was surrounded Wednesday, Nov. 14 by Forsyth County officials, staff, residents and guests gathered for the official opening of new Fire Station No. 4.
"There is a lot of history at the other station and I don't take that lightly," Bowman said. "I will not have them forgotten, more especially those who were killed in the line of duty."
The station is located at 3910 Evans Road in the Ducktown area of west Forsyth County and is built to withstand the next 50 years, Bowman said.
The station will replace the old Fire Station No. 4, a structure built by volunteers in 1974.
That structure had exceeded its life expectancy.
The new 7,333-square-foot station is designed for 24-hour occupancy, which the former station was not. The station also provides increased space to house fire apparatus and a ventilation system to clean the air and protect firefighters' health. The construction was funded through the sixth round of the voter-approved special purpose local option sales tax program (SPLOST).
District 1 Forsyth County Commissioner Pete Amos attended what used to be a school at this location — Ducktown Community School.
"This is a great use for the land we already had," Amos said.
His wife, Catherine, served as a teacher at that school.
"I am proud of this new facility and am proud that it will be able to serve the residents of the Ducktown and Friendship areas of Forsyth County for many years to come," Amos said.
Abby Breaux contributed to this report.