COUNTY OFFICIALS HOST GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR RELOCATED FIRE STATION 15
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 16, 2017) – Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services, along with County and city of Lawrenceville officials, broke ground Tuesday for the relocation of Fire Station 15 to 199 Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville. Station 15, located at 275 South Perry Street, is one of the busiest in the county with almost 6,000 emergency calls annually.
The current 6,324 square-foot station opened in 1981 with two apparatus bays. It will be replaced with a 10,788 square-foot building with three apparatus bays that will house 24-hour staff for an engine, ladder, medic unit and battalion chief. It will feature sleeping quarters for 12 firefighters, a battalion commander’s office and quarters, a kitchen, dining area, dayroom, fitness room and storage areas for gear and equipment.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I’m thankful to the voters who continue to approve SPLOST programs, which allow us to open new stations and relocate older ones for better coverage and faster response times.”
The $4.5 million construction cost is funded by the 2009 and 2014 SPLOST programs. Cooper & Company General Contractors will build the new fire station that Precision Planning designed.
The new station's strategic location, along with Gwinnett’s 30 other fire stations, will continue the high level of service provided to Gwinnett residents. “This new station is an affirmation of the County’s commitment to make Gwinnett a safe and healthy community and the Fire and Emergency Services department’s continuation of its core mission of saving lives and protecting property,” said Fire Chief Casey Snyder.
District 4 Commissioner John Heard said, “This project will continue to make Gwinnett the best place in the country to live and do business and I look forward to coming back here soon to celebrate the grand opening of this new station.”
“Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County understand the importance of investing in those resources that maintain a safe and well-serviced community,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “It is exciting to see Gwinnett’s busiest fire station getting a much needed new and expanded space to support their ability to provide the excellent service for which they are known. We are grateful to the County for investing in our community and supporting Lawrenceville’s vision for a strong and ever-growing future.”
Photos from the event may be found on the Gwinnett County Flickr page.
Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services responded to 78,661 calls for assistance in 2016. The department currently has 916 authorized personnel and operates 31 strategically located fire stations, including 31 engine companies, 11 ladder trucks, and 29 Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical units. Specialty teams are trained to respond to situations involving hazardous materials, technical rescue, mass casualty and swift water rescue. Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services delivers services with a model that integrates fire suppression, emergency medical response and community risk reduction efforts.