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County plans new fire station on airport grounds
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January 23, 2013 01:52 PM | 1362 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Paulding County Fire Department is planning to build a new fire station in the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport area.

Blake Swafford, secretary for the Paulding County Airport Authority, told the authority of the plans at its monthly meeting last week.

The fire department has evaluated three different spots on the airport property and should have a decision on where it will be built in a few weeks, Swafford said

“The facility is going to be a little bit different from traditional fire stations,” Swafford said.

The station will house a special vehicle designed to respond to airplane crashes, he said.

It will house traditional fire engines and also is planned as the county’s new 9-1-1 communication center, he said.

Construction of the station is planned to start in the fall, Swafford said.

Deputy Fire Chief Joey Pelfrey noted the planned station does not yet have a definite funding source.

“It is going to service the outside area on 278,” said Pelfrey. “It will also lower response time.”

In other action at the meeting, Swafford said the authority has filed its “Notice of Termination” for on-site construction to the state Environmental Protection Division.

The notice is required to be filed with the division any time construction has finished. This is the first time the airport has not had some kind of construction since the airport started construction in 2006, Swafford said.

The Paulding Jet Center at the airport reported it signed a contract with Colt International.

Colt provides flight plans for fuel stops to their customers, and markets the airports it has contracts with, said Joe Sarber, operations manager of the jet center.

“This makes us the No. 1 fuel stop in Atlanta,” Sarber said.

The center will give Colt a discounted price on fuel. Colt will resell it to airport users and ultimately bring in more traffic because of its customer base, he said.
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