Demolition of the old fire training center

The first Fire Department Training Center on Tinker Drive was officially dismantled and removed. On Wednesday, May 11, construction crews removed the Charles A. Smallwood Training Center to make way for the brand new, state-of-the-art facility.

Crews are expected to begin work Thursday, May 19 after the fire department held a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

“It was bittersweet to see the center we’ve used for over 30 years demolished and removed from the property, but it also means it’s the start of something new,” said chef Shane Edwards. “We’re excited to see this new training facility will do the trick for our Class 1 firefighters and firefighters across the state who will also be coming here to train.”

The old training center was built in 1984 by Macon-Bibb firefighters. It has been used for over 30 years to train thousands of firefighters. The new training center should open by the end of the year. The $2.8 million center will be funded by voter-approved Local Options Special Sales Tax (SPLOST) dollars.

Firefighters held their last burn on Wednesday, May 4. You can watch the burn highlights here.

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