The Fire Department is set to open its brand-new Fire Training Facility on Wednesday, January 18 with a Hose Uncoupling Ceremony. The event will be live streamed on the Fire Department’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MaconBibbCountyFireDepartment.
“We are thrilled this day has finally come,” says Fire Chief Shane Edwards. “This facility will allow us to train the best of the best who will keep our community safe. We are so thankful for everyone who has been part of this journey.”
The Department held a Topping Out Ceremony in September to place the last beam for construction.Where several firefighters and community members signed the final beam placed in the facility. A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on May 19, 2022.
Construction on the $3.2 million dollar facility began in May 2022. $2.8 million of the cost is coming from the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), and the remainder was set aside from the County’s general fund. This new facility was carefully chosen and designed after the Chief, County Manager, and firefighters traveled to different centers across the country to make sure our firefighters were getting exactly what they needed.