Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Groundbreaking Ceremonies Held for New Fire Station #9

June 4, 2019

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held this afternoon at 1:30 for the new Fire Station 9 that will be constructed across the road from the old Fire Station located on Reinhardt College Parkway in north Canton.

Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, welcomed everyone and then called on fire chaplain, Don Williams, for the invocation. After the invocation, Prather asked Cherokee County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman, Harry Johnston, and Canton Mayor, Gene Hobgood, to come forward and say a few words.

Chief Prather stated that he was glad to see this day come. “We’ve been working for years to find property to build a new station and it was long overdue,” he stated. Prather also thanked the County Commissioners and the City of Canton for working together to make this new facility a reality. Prather also recognized James Morris who was the last Chief of the North Canton Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the county.

Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, said that the new station will have 3 bays. “These bays will also be large enough to house a ladder truck,” he added. The building will also have a kitchen, dining room and a day room. The building will be 11,631 square foot in size and will sit on approximately 11 acres. There will be enough space to house as many as twelve firefighters at one time.

Jud Martin, Capital Projects Project Manager for Cherokee County, said the facility is designed for ease of maintenance of operability. It will also provide safer living conditions and will allow firefighters to have a quicker response to emergency incidents.

The new station is scheduled to be open sometime next spring.

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Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremonies are (left to right): Canton Council Member, Bill Grant, Canton Mayor, Gene Hobgood, Canton Council Member, Jo Ellen Wilson, District 1 Commissioner, Steve West, District Three Commissioner, Benny Carter, Canton Council Member, Sandy McGrew, District 2 Commissioner, Raymond Gunnin, Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Harry Johnston, North Canton Volunteer Fire Chief, James Morris and Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather.
Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremonies are (left to right): Canton Council Member, Bill Grant, Canton Mayor, Gene Hobgood, Canton Council Member, Jo Ellen Wilson, District 1 Commissioner, Steve West, District Three Commissioner, Benny Carter, Canton Council Member, Sandy McGrew, District 2 Commissioner, Raymond Gunnin, Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Harry Johnston, North Canton Volunteer Fire Chief, James Morris and Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather. (click image for slideshow)
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, welcomes everyone to the event.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, welcomes everyone to the event.
Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Harry Johnston, speaks to the crowd.
Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Harry Johnston, speaks to the crowd.
Canton Mayor, Gene Hobgood, came forward to thank the county for working with the city on this project.
Canton Mayor, Gene Hobgood, came forward to thank the county for working with the city on this project.
Cherokee County Board of Commissioners' Chairman, Harry Johnston, speaks with James Morris, who was Chief of the North Canton Voluteer Fire Department.
Cherokee County Board of Commissioners' Chairman, Harry Johnston, speaks with James Morris, who was Chief of the North Canton Voluteer Fire Department.
A drawing of how the new station will look when completed.
A drawing of how the new station will look when completed.