The Ochlocknee station was built several years ago and it wasn't built to accommodate the living conditions for volunteers and staff! Now, firefighters say they're even running out of room for their equipment.
In recent months, Ochlocknee residents say their volunteer fire department had some staffing troubles.
Resident Randy Smith said, "They had some personality conflicts with some of the volunteers and when volunteers who have had the longevity they've had quit. I don't know."
Thomas County Fire Chief Chris Jones says thanks to SPLOST dollars, the department may be headed down a smoother road by building a brand new station.
"Thomas County firefighters hope their new Ochlocknee building will give them more room for themselves and for their equipment. They say the old station in Ochlocknee doesn't even have room inside for all their fire trucks!" Thomas County Fire Chief,
Chris Jones added, "The new station will accommodate their needs to be able to stay there and we'll be able to put all of our Ochlocknee equipment inside the building."
Chief Jones says the total cost of the building hasn't been tallied up, but not having an updated facility in the area could certainly come at a higher cost. The chief says there are about five or six volunteers currently on the Ochlocknee roster and one full-time firefighter. They've already broken ground. They hope to have the facility built within the next few months.
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