COLUMBUS Ga. – A local fire station is receiving money from the city after being out of service since a fire truck caught fire in November. City Council has approved $261,000 for the fire station in the fiscal year 2017 budget. The station was built in 1972 so repairs are needed on the roof, ceiling grids, flooring, insulation and other areas of the station.
Ricky Shores, Columbus Fire Marshall, says he’s happy the station will be back in service.
“We’re still providing coverage in those areas and we had to move trucks into various stations to continue to provide that coverage. It will certainly give that community peace of mind knowing that those trucks are in that centralized area,” said Shores.
Not only are they receiving OLOST funds from the city, but also from their insurance company.
The insurance company has reviewed the claim and determined that they will cover $296,513 for the repair work. Renovations for fire station 11 will begin in August.