The Bulloch County Board of Commissioners went to Brooklet Tuesday for its regular meeting. After the meeting the commissioners joined with County Manager Tom Couch, Brooklet City Council members and Mayor William Hendrix, County Fire Chief Christopher Ivey, Brooklet Police Chief Mike Buchan and state Representative JanTankersley and others went to the new EMS/Fire Station in Brooklet. Because of the rain they all gathered in one of the bays to cut a ribbon to officially dedicate the new facility.
Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said the new station at 16841 U.S. Highway 80 East was the culmination of two decades of planning and dreaming. He said the new station is a “big step” in delivering emergency services to the southern part of the county.
Wynn said there was no expense for the new facility. The land where the current fire station and now EMS station is located had been donated by longtime Brooklet resident Juanita Denmark-Newton. Work was done by two skilled inmates. An EMS crew and Bulloch County Deputy Fire Chief Ben Tapley were transferred from Statesboro. He said the county will pay for the increased utility expenses for the enlarged structure.
The structure now houses two fire trucks and two ambulances and another tanker can be added with the future expansion of another bay.
The facility will now be operated full time which, Wynn said, will cut response time in that part of the count in half compared to crews coming all the way from Statesboro.