New Fire Station and GSP Post Built in Forsyth | News
Five years ago, there were talks about a new Georgia State Patrol Post. Two years later, there were more talks about a new fire station off Hwy 18.
Now residents in Forsyth can start seeing some changes.
The Georgia State Patrol post was located off Hwy 18, but it's currently demolished. That's because a new GSP post, no. 44, that costs $750,000 will be built in its place.
That's the reason why state troopers are operating out of the Department of Corrections at Tift College.
The old post on Patrol Rd., was built in 1970, and it was about time to get an upgrade that focused on increasing security measures.
"We're looking at a modest design. We're looking at office space, a few barracks," says GSP Sgt. Lee Major.
The county is using $500,000 in SPLOST and general fund money to pay for the new opportunity.
"At the time, we're down to nine personell, but we can expand. We have the capacity to increase our manpower up to 15, 20 people," says Major.
It's been a work in progress just like the new fire station that will be built about six miles away from the GSP post.
"It's kind of a rural area right now, but the plans are that it will hopefully be developer out there," says EMS Chief Ronald Norris.
There are currently 12 fire stations in the counts; this will be number 13. Construction is projected to start on April 1st.
This 2,000 sq feet fire station will be modeled after station no 12 off Johnstonville Road with a few modifications to capitalize on space.
"By making classrooms, maybe have a central supply for equipment there. Maybe try to make it a training station," says Norris.
Like all county fire stations, lucky number 13 will be a combination department filled with full timers, part timers, and volunteers.