No. 5 - Smyrna unveils new fire station
by Geoff Folsom
September 23, 2012 12:56 AM | 4199 views | 8 8 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Smyrna’s Fire Station No. 5 cost $1.7 million, with $350,000 of that coming from the city’s general fund and the remainder from a federal stimulus grant.
Smyrna’s Fire Station No. 5 cost $1.7 million, with $350,000 of that coming from the city’s general fund and the remainder from a federal stimulus grant.
SMYRNA — Forgoing a typical ribbon cutting, officials welcomed Smyrna’s Fire Station No. 5 by separating the couplings of a fire hose Saturday morning.

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon told an audience of about 100 people that the new facility, which actually went into operations earlier in the week, offers the latest technology. He said that gives firefighters and EMTs a leg up. The station is located at 750 Cooper Lake Road, near the East-West Connector.

Even if you’re getting ready to have a heart attack, we’re gonna be rolling,” he said. “I’m kidding … It’s gonna make the area so much safer.”

The station is designed to provide faster emergency response times to residents in the southwestern part of the city. Smyrna Fire Chief Jason Lanyon said firefighters can be expected to reach some homes in the area, mostly south of the East-West Connector, in half the time they could before the station opened, when the closest fire station was about two-and-a-half miles away.

“The impact on response time can mean the difference between life and death,” Lanyon said.

While Smyrna replaced its Station No. 3 in 2005, this is the first additional station the city has added since Station No. 4 in 1991. Lanyon said the city responded to around 1,500 calls that year, compared to more than 5,000 last year.

Cobb County Fire Chief Sam Heaton said the new station will help some residents in unincorporated Cobb as well, since the city and county have a mutual aid agreement to assist each other.

“We have a great working relationship with the Smyrna Fire Department and always have,” Heaton said. “We think it will improve response in the area, whether it’s in the city or county.”

The city has added six firefighters to man the station.

The station cost $1.7 million, with $350,000 of that coming from the city’s general fund and the remainder from a federal stimulus grant. In addition, a $600,000 federal grant is covering two years of salaries for the new firefighters, which includes the training the firefighters went through in the previous year.

Along with serving as a base for fire operations, the station will also feature a meeting room that is available to the public. It features a television that can be hooked up to tablet or laptop computers for presentations. Councilman Ron Fennel, a resident of the nearby Vinings Estates development, plans to have a town hall meeting there next month. He said that also helping the city are five new Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles, which go out instead of fire trucks on non-fire emergency calls. Not having to send a large fire truck saves time and gas money for the city.

“This is a great addition to Smyrna,” said Fennel, who serves as chairman of the city’s public safety committee. “It reduces response time, enhances visibility and gives citizens a high-degree of comfort in knowing they have resources nearby.”

Smyrna has a fire and rescue budget of just over $6 million, which makes up 8 percent of the city’s overall budget, city spokeswoman Jennifer Bennett said.

The money to build the station that came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was initially applied for by former City Administrator Wayne Wright without consent of the mayor or council, shortly before Wright left Smyrna’s government in July 2009. As a result of the confusion over the issue, the city changed its policy to require staff to get council approval before submitting grant requests.

Saturday’s grand opening also included an art contest and food provided by Firehouse Subs and Chick-fil-A. Attendees included Smyrna City Council members Melleny Pritchett, Andrea Blustein, Charles Welch, Susan Wilkinson and Wade Lnenicka and state Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna).
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mk- Eye on Waste
September 25, 2012
IF, IF the city as a whole was in better shape, then maybe these details wouldn't have such a bitter taste.

We need fire stations, schools and safe roads, of course.

But Smyrna has it's priorities all mixed up as Smyrna becomes more and more UNfriendly to private business.

Sure the city has plenty of jazzy, comfortable vehicles for their staff. I see the city issued Fords driving around everywhere.

And I have my doubts that carpet, drapes and chairs for the community center should be priority over the cracked streets that need repaving.

I also doubt that the RE landscaping of the library was a necessity (digging 10 year old trees and replacing w/ NEW trees) , when NEVER has there been one HINT of a landscaped corner or tree planting along South Cobb Drive , Windy Hill, or throughout Smyrnas older neighborhoods.

I also don't see the need for big giant streetlights every 5 or 10 feet in front of city buildings on Atlanta Road, while pedestrians along South Cobb are still having walk the dirt shoulder, cutting a path through the weeds along the roadway.

Pretty soon, the city has plans to spend $20,000 each, for LED signs to help advertise city events,... while PRIVATE owned corners sit vacant year after year!

And yes, Smyrna citizens should certainly QUESTION why every business w/in the city limits is being told the only color they can paint their PRIVATE business is a NEUTRAL PALATTE(or be fined)!!

And they should certainly demand to have a clear understanding WHY Croy Engineering got paid $50,000 to look at design plans of new fire station, when it had always been done by the fire chiefs when past stations were built .

Smyrna citizens aren't being ASKED how money should be spent,.. they're being TOLD!
Just Wait
September 23, 2012
Nice story. You think, somewhere in it, you could have mentioned the location of the new station?
Blind as a bat
September 24, 2012
2nd paragraph. 750 Cooper Lake Rd. Clean your glasses...
September 24, 2012
Yore right. 750 Cooper Lake Rd is a little vague.
September 23, 2012
Thanks to the taxpayers (again)!

Another government building in Smyrna!

The reporter forgot to mention that Croy Engineering recieved a little bonus,.. just for being,.. there.

$50,000 paid to Croy Engineering for doung what Chief Lanyon had previously stated was typically done by the fire chiefs,.. oversee the design plans.

Will Smyrna citizens EVER wake up?

At least another get together(party) of the cities 'private club' !

Edna Barger
September 24, 2012
If there was truly such a thing as karma this station would be just around the corner from Mary's house.
Daniel Jay
September 24, 2012
Wow Mary you seem to be the most negative person I have ever encountered. You sure use your right to free speech if it isn't the patch it is on the MDJ. If you feel so strongly about something why hide behind anonymity? Speak freely and use your name. What you should be worried about working through your personal issues and becoming a more positive happy person. Then engage those issues you don’t understand or agree with. It must really be frustrating to be you
World B. Free
September 24, 2012
This just in - Puppy Saved from Falling into Volcano.

MK - "How could they? Whoever did that will rue the day!!!! Will you stupid puppy lovers EVER wake up!!!! Oh, the humanity!!!!"
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