Fire department takes another step toward completion of new training center

Construction of the brand new Macon-Bibb County Fire Training Center is nearing completion! On Monday, September 12, the fire department held a finishing ceremony, the placing of the last beam of a construction project. You can watch the full even there.

Community members, firefighters, retired firefighters and family members joined county leaders for the ceremony. They also had the opportunity to sign off the beam before the construction company hired for the project, Warren Associates, hoisted it to the top with the help of a fire truck. This Topping Out was different from the others because the beam is usually hidden inside the roof; this beam will remain visible to all who enter.

“Warren Associates is honored to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Macon-Bibb Fire Department’s new fire training tower,” said President and CEO Warren Selby. “This event celebrates the accomplishments of our construction team and the placement of the tallest member in steel.”

Construction of the $3.2 million facility began in May 2022 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. $2.8 million of the cost came from the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) and the rest was set aside from the county’s general fund. This new facility was carefully chosen and designed after the Chief, County Manager and firefighters traveled to different centers across the country to ensure our firefighters got exactly what they needed.

A first shovel of soil took place on Thursday, May 19, and you can watch this here.

Click here to see the photos of the Topping Out.

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