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Fire Station No. 3 reopens with fulltime staff
Community invited to tour facility
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The fire station near the intersection of Harmony Church and Nix Bridge roads is now serving the community with a full time staff.

An open house ceremony will be held Monday to mark the occasion.

"It's a drop in for the community from 4-7 p.m. Afterwards, we'll also be recognizing a few of our staff that have been promoted in recent weeks," said Dawson County Emergency Services Chief.

Years ago, the station served as a fully manned station, but went to a volunteer firehouse when the new Liberty Station No. 2 on Hwy. 53 near Dawson Forest Road opened.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last year voted to man the station on a fulltime basis and included $400,000 in the county's 2016 budget to staff and equip the station.

Charlie Tarver, who lives east of Ga. 400, was among residents who encouraged commissioners to reopen the station with a fulltime staff.

"We had a fire out in our area last year. It took nine minutes for the truck to get there from Station 2. The volunteer went from their house to the fire station, it took four minutes and he got there right after the other truck," he told commissioners during a budget hearing last year. "Had the station been manned, they would have been there in the time it took to get from their home to there.

"We're going to need additional people as things continue to grow in this area."