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Fire dept. to get new maintenance building

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County fire department is getting a state-of-the-art maintenance building.

The Board of Commissioners approved this week the contract for a nearly 6,000-square-foot "pre-engineered, warehouse-style building" to go up on Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville. Priced at about $685,000, the facility will provide the fire department with a climate-controlled indoor space in which to test equipment like ladders and hoses, repair small engines and tools and do maintenance work on breathing systems.

"We don't need any additional personnel because we're consolidating existing repair and maintenance operations in a single location," Fire Chief Bill Myers said. "This building provides a safe, efficient facility that will help extend the useful life of the vital equipment we use every day to serve and protect the community."

CRS Building Corp. is scheduled to start construction next month, with the goal of completing the project by the end of the year. Funding will come from the special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, officials said.

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kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

"This building provides a safe, efficient facility that will help extend the useful life of the vital equipment we use every day to serve and protect the community." The excuse being used for this huge building just to test stuff is a very poor one. They always like to use the words to "serve" our community to get money for something that is not a do or die situation. I guess your new tax increases will pay for this job.(100x60) That's 1/3 of a block long. Just the a/c will cost us money every month, not counting the initial system cost for a big open space. It doesn't say how high the building will be to "test ladders."

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Why_not 1 year, 1 month ago

Kevin, just so you know, the ladders they are testing are weight tested in a position parallel to the ground.....not standing straight up. Just the sheer numbers of ladders and the thousands of feet of hose used by the fire department justify a building of this nature. This equipment is required to be tested annually to ensure the safety of the firefighters. Its obvious you know nothing about any of this so why comment?

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rextim 1 year, 1 month ago

That's Kevin's modus operandi...comment on things he has no knowledge of. I think he and pcjohn are brothers.

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suedehead 1 year, 1 month ago

It seems he doesn't think the county should spend money on anything...schools, libraries, parks, road improvements, etc. I don't know why he doesn't move to a place where that is happening....say, Clayton County.

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imurdaddy 1 year, 1 month ago

Kevin, since they are consolidating other work locations into one, I assume the cost for heat and a/c will actually be less. They will be cooling and heating one building rather than two or three or more.

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Why_not 1 year, 1 month ago

Even though the story says climate controlled, I would venture to bet that the entire building won't be air conditioned. For decades the ladders and fire hose have been tested outside in the boiling sun, rain, snow and freezing temperatures. Climate controlled in this situation could be nothing more than a building away from the elements. The breathing systems are another situation all together. The cylinders that the firefighter wear must be tested regularly, then refilled with compressed filtered air. Chain saws, roof ventilation saws, generators and power units for the jaws-of-life are critical to the overall operations of the department and do need routine maintenance. This building was needed 20 years ago.......

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kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

Looks to me like all of you are "guessing" as to what is being consolidated into into one building! I suggested we look into the matter. Maybe someone here will do further research into this matter before commenting as well. Imurdaddy, "assuming" things is far from reality most times. By the way, do any of you know what will be inside for this price tag of $650,000? That is a lot of money for a warehouse with just a/c & heat. If other locations will be consolidated, that means a lot more travel time for the other places to go to do their testing and storing. Maybe the reporter fell way short of his description here or maybe it was done that way on purpose. Either way, where is the transparency?

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Why_not 1 year, 1 month ago

Kevin....I. am sure you can all fire headquarters if you are compelled to do so. I am not guessing about things. I retired from the fire department after 30 years so I do have a bit of insight into the operations.

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 1 month ago

$650K, I hope the boc is buying a lot of lottery tickets in order to pay for this one.

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Why_not 1 year, 1 month ago

I guess you missed the SPLOST reference.

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