This week, firefighters who work in the Silver City area have a new place to call home.
Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman welcomed local officials and community members during a special ceremony Friday to the new Fire Station 7, which opened Monday.
“Let’s begin by saying this has been a long time coming,” Bowman said. “This fire station, let’s be clear, belongs to Silver City.”
The station is next to Silver City Elementary School on Dahlonega Highway.
The $1.3 million facility is a far cry from the $3,500 building constructed in 1974.
Bowman said the new station is expected to last 50 years. Funding for the two-bay, 7,333-square-foot structure came from the 1-cent sales tax and impact fees.
Commission Chairman Brian Tam thanked local residents and the development community for their contributions.
“Perhaps most importantly we will say thank you to the brave firefighters who will be stationed here, responding to the emergency needs of the Silver City community,” Tam said. “The board of commissioners appreciates the sacrifices made each and every day by all of our firefighters.”
He also thanked Bowman for his “outstanding leadership” of the fire department.
The station is in Commissioner Patrick Bell’s district. He said he was honored to be at the ceremony Friday and extended his appreciation to the fire department and those involved in making the new facility possible.