As officials broke ground Thursday morning on the Bryan County Emergency Services Fire Station No. 10 at Waterways Township in South Bryan, county commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed said he wanted one thing made clear.
Building the station won’t cost taxpayers a dime.
"This is a first for Bryan County," Burnsed said as he and several others prepared to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. "Taxpayers are not paying for this building … no taxpayer dollars are going into the land, going into the building or the fire truck that will be stationed here."
The station will belong to the county and initially manned by Bryan County Fire Department volunteers, Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell said.
Firefighters there will be responsible for everything within a five-mile radius while also providing backup for other stations in the county when necessary.
In all, the donation by Waterways Township developers Fletcher Management Company is worth about $400,000 and includes the infrastructure and the fire truck. The two acres inside the development where the station will be located was donated to Bryan County at no charge, according to Waterways Township Project Manager Ronald Lamm.
He said the fire station was part of the plan when the 2,200-acre, 2,900-home planned unit development was in the planning stages.
Read full story in June 15 issue of the Bryan County News.