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County breaks ground on fire station, opens animal shelter
Bryan County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger and Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook wasted no time Monday getting the ribbon cut on Bryan County Animal Control’s new shelter in North Bryan. Photo by Jeff Whitten.

Bryan County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger got to thank voters twice in four days for passing SPLOST.

Monday, Infinger was at the ribbon cutting for the county’s new animal shelter in North Bryan. The $345,000 project was funded by SPLOST. The county spends about $275,000 annually on its animal control program, which includes four officers and shelters on both ends of the county.

Friday, officials – including Infinger and county commissioners Brad Brooksher, Noah Covington and Gene Wallace - broke ground on the new Fire Station 1 near the roundabout at Highway 144 and Capt. Matthew Freeman Drive. It will house the headquarters for Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services as well as equipment and personnel. That building will cost approximately $2.1 million, officials said.

Bryan County FEMS Director Freddy Howell said the new station is “sorely needed,” noting the department now averages about 16 calls a day and in 2017 responded to more than 6,000 calls, nearly 4,300 of them EMS related.

It will replace a station built in 1985.

New fire station groundbreaking
Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services Director Freddy Howell speaks about the need for a new Station 1 at a ribbon cutting. Photo by Jeff Whitten.
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