ATLANTA, GA – Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services opened the first phase of their new $5 million state-of-the-art training center with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 150 people. Pond & Company completed the master plan and schematic design for the full build-out of the 14.2-acre site. The scope of this very unique project included a two-story fire training burn building and a four-story fire training tower, along with administration buildings, exterior classrooms, a two-bay garage, storage building and exterior gas prop area. Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather called the facility opening a “great achievement.”
“I don’t think you could find a better facility anywhere in the United States,” Retired Cherokee County Fire Chief and current Cherokee County District 2 Commissioner Raymond Gunnin said at the ceremony Tuesday.
“We have the best public safety in the state of Georgia,” said Randy Gravley, chairman of the 2013 Chamber of Commerce. “Training has been paramount to the fire services, and the opening of this facility will continue the training to make sure that each and every one of our brave men and women in our fire services stays safe as they’re trying to make sure the residents of Cherokee County stay safe, as well.”