Last year disagreement about the length of the agreement between the city and county and other issues nearly ended the pact. The city wanted a 25 year agreement but the county wanted a much shorter period. There was also disagreement about how much the county would pay the city. After a great deal of discussion it was finally renewed for five years pending discussion of the issues.
Currently there are 2 fire stations in Statesboro, the main complex on Grady Street across from the police station and the other on Fair Road. The downtown location is currently undergoing renovations and enlargement.
One idea is to build a third fire station although no definite location has been chosen. A third fire station would extend the 5-mile fire coverage area and likely lower fire insurance rates for the area. An additional 1.80 mil tax is charged for property owners in each of the 5-mile fire districts to pay for the service.
The committee, composed of city and county officials Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner, Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore, Statesboro Fire Chief Tim Grams, Bulloch County Fire Chief Christopher Ivey, Bulloch County Commission Chairman Garrett Nevil, County Commissioner Roy Thompson and Statesboro City Councilman Travis Chance, is scheduled to meet on a regular basis over the next four years before the current agreement expires.
Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said the goal of the committee is to work together to provide best fire protection available.