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.