SPLOST funds have been used to fund many Public Safety projects since the inception of the program. These funds have been used primarily to build new facilities to house, train, and transport public safety personnel and resources. The project list below and the included projects are not all inclusive, but they illustrate graphically the impact that SPLOST has had on Augusta's local public safety presence.
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Fire Training Center and Burn Tower
Project Status: Complete
SPLOST IV Project Cost: $1.5 million
The Fire Training Center and Burn Tower provide the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department with the capability to train in extreme simulated conditions in which the perils of fire and smoke are present. The tower also permits Firefighters to train in restricted spaces on multiple floors so that skills in carrying and using equipment can be developed and evaluated.
Fire Station #1 Project Status: Completed in 2003
Project Cost: $1.5 million
Fire Station #1 is located at 1 Broad Street, and features four engine bays. Fire Station #1 was completed in December 2003, and houses Engine #1, our water rescue team and Battalion Chief 901.
Fire Station #7 Project Status: Complete
Project Cost: $1,385,968 SPLOST IV Located at the corner of Willis Foreman Road and Lace Road, Fire Station #7 houses crews from old Stations #7 and #8. It has three apparatus bays.
Fire Station #8 Project Status: Completed in January 2004
Project Cost: $1,396,428.
SPLOST IV Located at Highland Avenue and Parkway Drive, Fire Station #8 is the Battalion Headquarters and has four apparatus bays. This new station replaced the old station located at Central Avenue and Iris Drive. This facility houses Engine #8, Aerial Truck Company #4 and Battalion Chief 902.
Fire Station #12 Project Status: Completed in 2004
Project Cost: $1,260,406
SPLOST IV Fire Station #12 is located on Hephzibah McBean Road adjacent to the Hephzibah McBean Community Center. New Station #12 replaced the old station on Highway 56 and has three apparatus bays. This facility houses Engine #12 and Tanker #1.
Fire Station #15 Project Status: Complete
Cost: $1,664,002 SPLOST IV Fire Station #15 is located on Flowing Wells Road and has three apparatus bays.
Fire Station #19 Project Status: Completed in 2004
Project Cost: $1,396,173
SPLOST IV Fire Station # 19 is located at Brown Road adjacent to Seago Road. The crew housing #19 moved from the old Sand Bar Ferry Road location. It has three apparatus bays. This facility houses Engine #19.
Fire Equipment / Apparatus
SPLOST funds have been used to purchase new fire engines and aerial trucks. These vehicles generally cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to be prepared for the rigorous and important important tasks that they are required to perform. The fire engines (#15, #16, and #19) that were purchased in SPLOST IV in 2004 cost $310,000 each. Aerial trucks, which are required to fight fires on multi-story buildings, are also expensive. The two Pierce 105-ft, heavy-duty, all-wheel steer aerial apparatus purchased under SPLOST IV cost $650,000 each in 2004.