County’s newest fire station ready to serve
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The Coweta County Fire Department's new Station 6 in the Madras community is now up and running.
Crews actually moved into the new and improved station on U.S. Highway 29 North about two weeks ago, said Fire Chief Johnny Teeters.
The new fire station has plenty of room — for male and female firefighters and for all the firefighting equipment. It's also a bit north of the old station, meaning residents in parts of Arbor Springs and surrounding areas are now within five miles of a fire station.
Those residents should be getting a "significant savings on their insurance," Teeters said. Those who had an ISO rating of a nine or 10 will now get a four. "It made a big difference for them," Teeters said. Residents in the area should be sure to check with their homeowner's insurance company for any reduced premiums resulting from the ISO rating change.
The new location will also help improve response to the Interstate 85 area.
The old Station 6, located behind a convenience store at U.S. 29 and a cut-through to Greentop Road, was tiny.
So tiny that the newest "truck companies" couldn't even fit in the bays. "The bays weren't long enough," Teeters said. The smaller engine companies, and an Emergency Medical Service unit, could fit in the bays, but the large aerial had to be parked outside.
There were no facilities for female firefighters, and that can certainly be problematic. There was just one large sleeping room.
"Now everybody loves the privacy, they have their own bedroom and own bath," Teeters said.
The old station was problematic in other ways, too. It was right at the intersection of Hal Jones, U.S. 29 and Greentop Road. With the recent realignment of Greentop and the closure of the old intersection with U.S. 29, more and more vehicles were using the cut through in front of the station to access Greentop.
"That's sort of dangerous when you're trying to come out of the station" in a large fire engine and "people are trying to cut across," Teeters said. "There was just a lot of traffic trying to get out on the road."
The new station houses a truck company, which is a ladder/aerial truck that also carries water, a pumper engine, and a first responder unit.
The station, located just north of The Heritage School, was built for the future, with lots of room for whatever may be needed.
That includes a possible future addition of a Coweta EMS ambulance unit. "If we look at bringing another unit in permanently… we will station it at Station 6," Teeters said.
Teeters invites members of the public to stop by and visit the new facility.
The opening of the new Station 6 leaves just one county fire station that still needs work — Station 5 on Smokey Road. It is 45 years old and even smaller than the old Station 6 was, with only one bay. Instead of getting the renovation that many of the other stations got, it will be relocated, slightly closer to Newnan. The current station doesn't have the best access, and hopes are to move it closer to some major intersections.
Teeters said he'll be asking the Coweta County Commissioners to move forward with that project next year.