South Walton Fire District Breaks Ground on New Facility

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. - History is being made in Walton County as officials break ground on a brand new firefighter facility. For 10 years, the South Walton fire district has been working on creating an on-site fleet maintenance and training tower. 
Since 2008, plans for a training tower and facility have been in the works. After years of project research, submitting designs and finalizing concepts, the new facility is one step closer to construction. 
"It's been a vision of ours for us to be able to coordinate our resources and be able to train our firefighters to make sure that they're ready for anything that they are faced with," said SWFD Chief, Rick Talbert. 

A vision that will now allow staff to train in their own backyard. These new additions-- features a 4 story training tower, a 3 story office and a 4 bay fleet maintenance area. All a part of a master plan that has been coming together piece by piece throughout the years.

"Thankfully the support of our 7 fire commissioners and community have allowed us each and every year to do a little bit at a time to get us to this point," said Talbert. The 6 point 7 million dollar project is being funded through impact fees. 

These impact fees from new growth to the South Walton area, are helping make this fire district a part of history. "This has been a long time coming. They work really hard and they do their very best out there and it shows," said Talbert.
"We are very excited about this and this is a big event for us and I'm so proud and so relieved that we're breaking ground and making the project come to fruition," said Assistant Chief/Project Manager, Marc Anderson. 
There is a 360 day construction timeline for this project. Officials with the fire district say they hope to be cutting the ribbon on the final structure in May of next year. 

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