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.