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New­ton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien is mov­ing for­ward with a plan to put a ca­reer fire­fighter in each of the re­main­ing six vol­un­teer fire sta­tions in the county.

Be­cause the vol­un­teer sta­tions them­selves are pri­vately owned, the county is ask­ing those own­ers – in some cases, there are boards of di­rec­tors that over­see the sta­tion – for per­mis­sion to place a ca­reer fire­fighter there.

The Board of Di­rec­tors for Sta­tion 8, lo­cated on Ga. High­way 81 North past Mace­do­nia Church Road, ap­proved the agree­ment Thurs­day night, sta­tion man­ager Con­nie Head said Tues­day.

Other sta­tions will be de­cid­ing on the same is­sue in the com­ing months.

O’Brien said Sta­tion 8, Sta­tion 2 – on Ga. High­way 162 north of Ga. High­way 212 – and Sta­tion 4 – at the in­ter­sec­tion of Dixie Road and Ga. High­way 142 – are the top three pri­or­i­ties to get staffed with a ca­reer fire­fighter. Those sta­tions are the clos­est ones to the county’s most ru­ral ar­eas that aren’t close to an ex­ist­ing ca­reer sta­tion.

Even­tu­ally, the county plans to build a new sta­tion in north­ern New­ton County us­ing 2011 SPLOST funds.

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