Families in the City of Avondale Estates will welcome a new, $2.4 million state-of-the art fire station in their community by this time next year.
The old fire station was built in 1949. With issues such as holes in the ceiling in the garage, no separate bathrooms and showers for male and female firefighters and a shed at the back of the building that was only partially used, because the top half wasn’t safe, something had to be changed for the safety of the firefighters.
DeKalb County Commissioners approved awarding the construction contract in January, a $2 million project that will be mostly paid for with federal money.
Interim CEO Lee May said the new fire station was long overdue.
“This fire station was at a point where it almost should’ve been condemned,” said May. “Public safety is No. 1 and we are doing what’s important for the community and our brave firefighters.”
While the station is located in Avondale Estates, 80 percent of the fire station’s territory is unincorporated DeKalb County. The project had been delayed for years and the old station was in dire need of repair.
Fire Chief Darnell Fullum says the new and improved fire station will be much more than living quarters for firefighters, complete with a community room for residents to get health checks and three truck bays instead of one.
“Quality of life in DeKalb and in any community rests on the foundation of its public safety apparatus so we are very thankful and grateful to our leaders in DeKalb for figuring out how to get the new fire station for our firefighters and the great people of this community,” said Chief Fullum.
Plans are underway to replace the fire engine at station three as well.
Resident Keri Augustine said the new fire station is a dream come true for many in the community.
“We began to address this issue as early as mid-year 2005. Palmer Engineering Company completed a survey and concluded, that the fire station did not meet building codes. The surveys concluded that the existing walls in the station was not reinforced to comply with the requirements for special reinforced walls,” said Augustine. “For that and many other reasons, we all knew this day was needed for our community.”