VIDEO: Ground Broken for New Fire Station in West Central Forsyth County August 6, 2019 Fire Department, Photo Construction of new facility funded by SPLOST sales tax and Impact Fees The west central portion of Forsyth County will be home to a new station for the Forsyth County Fire Department, designed to improve service and reduce response times in the surrounding area of the county. Ground was broken on Tuesday, Aug. 6, for the department’s newest facility, which will be referred to as Forsyth County Fire Station 11. The new station will be located on Pittman Rd. Construction of the new station is funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI program and by Impact Fees. “Fire Station 11 will proudly serve the residents of west Forsyth County and provide enhanced coverage for our customers in this area,” said Forsyth County Fire Chief Barry Head. “We are very thankful of the voters’ continued passage of the Forsyth County SPLOST program and eternally grateful to the Board of Commissioners for their unwavering support of the fire department.” District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent, in whose district the new facility will be located, expressed his appreciation to everyone involved in the project. “As our community continues to grow, it is important that we keep the residents safe while responsibly planning for the future,” said Levent. “This strategically placed station will help us achieve both goals.” Fire Station 11 will be a 12,000 square foot, four-stall station, designed to accommodate the personnel and equipment that will operate out of the facility and to allow for future growth. The station is expected to open in the summer of 2020. In Sept. 2018, the Forsyth County Fire Department was awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA to support the staff cost at Fire Station 11. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will fund the hiring of 12 new firefighters for the new station. The grant will provide funding for 2019, 2020 and 2021 that was not otherwise fully funded in the fire department’s budget. Construction of new Fire Station 11 was awarded to Cooper & Co. General Contractors, Inc. of Cumming in the amount of $4,261,607. The architect for the project is Croft and Associates.