September 22, 2021
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Sept. 21, 2021) — The Sandy Springs City Council has approved the construction of a fire station at 7800 Mount Vernon Road to support public safety efforts in the City’s Panhandle district.
“We’ve been working on this for a long time,” said Mayor Rusty Paul. “I am pleased we are able to move this important project forward. The station will help improve response times and save lives.”
Fire Station No. 5 will be located at the intersection of Spalding Drive and Mount Vernon Road. The new station will be designed to blend in with the residential character of the neighborhood.
The Panhandle area is currently served by Fire Station No. 51, located on Spalding Drive at Roberts Road, with support from Engine 55, housed at the City of Roswell’s Fire Station No. 27 on Holcomb Bridge Road. Response time to reach some areas within this district can take from 10 to 15 minutes.
Time is a critical component in fire station response. For someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, irreversible brain damage can occur after four to six minutes without proper treatment and death after 10 minutes. An estimated 80% of sudden cardiac arrest incidents occur at home. A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. The chance of injury or death for civilians and firefighters increases alongside the growth of that fire.
The City conducted due diligence and surveys as part of the process. The City selected an architect through its procurement process. The project followed the City’s zoning process, including community meetings before the plans were presented to the Planning Commission and then the City Council for approval.
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Jason Fornicola, Communications Director