It's been more than ten years since the city of Warner Robins added a new fire station, but that's about to change because they plan to build their seventh station soon with funding from the Special Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST.
The new station will cost around $900,000 to build.
It's just an empty field now, but a year from now it will be the sight of Warner Robins' new fire station.
Chief Robert Singletary says over the years they've moved stations around and consolidated a few to keep up with the growth of the city.
"The last time the city of Warner Robins increased the number of fire stations we had was like in 1998 or 1999. Since that time the city has over doubled in size square miles" explains Singletary.
He says they're overdue and with an additional station they'll reduce their response time.
"Depending on the time of day and the level of traffic it could take eight to twelve minutes. Whereas now in that area with the new station it will be cut at least in half." says Singletary.
The land right off of Highway 96, across the street from Unity Baptist Church and Cartwright road was donated by CB&T bank for the new station.
"That was a blessing you know because it probably saved us $200,000 right there with them donating the land." says Singletary.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen explains their plans.
"As they grow to expand 96, we're going to be bring Cartwright Road straight across the street extend the road about four hundred feet and put a brand new fire station, hopefully we can even have a police presence and a police precinct right here at this location."
Chief Singletary says they plan to add eleven additional firemen. With the new station and additional staffing there's a possibility you could see a drop in your Insurance Rating in the area.
The SPLOST will also fund a new truck and new equipment for station 7. Chief Singletary hopes the new firehouse will open it's doors for business a year from now.