NewsFocus™ Atlanta | 03.21.2022 | Milton, Ga. — Milton firefighters returned Monday to an upgraded Fire Station 41, having spent months being hosted by their Roswell colleagues while needed mold remediation work was completed.
Station 41, at the intersection of New Providence Road and Arnold Mill Road/State Route 140, closed last November after an air quality assessment found high levels of black mold spores in its bunk room and elevated levels in its common areas. (Thankfully, Milton firefighters did not experience anything beyond moderate reactions.)
Very soon after this issue came to light, the City of Roswell welcomed Milton firefighters, equipment, and resources to co-locate with their own crews at Roswell’s Fire Station 6. That station at 825 Cox Road is just 1.5 miles from Milton’s Station 41, minimizing the response times for incidents in the coverage area.
“We would like to thank the City of Roswell and its Fire department for being so welcoming and accommodating over these last several months. Firefighters always look out for others, and we’re extremely grateful that our friends in Roswell so generously helped out our firefighters and, in so doing, the Milton community.” —Mayor Peyton Jamison
Milton and Roswell already have an “automatic aid agreement,” meaning that firefighters from each department respond to fires in each other cities. Temporarily sharing a fire station strengthened that relationship, as did a Council vote earlier this year to allow Roswell’s Station 6 equipment to fuel up at Milton’s Fire Station 41.
This agreement saves Roswell crews from having to add gas to their apparatuses 6.5 miles away at a fueling station off Maxwell Road – a move that benefits those firefighters as well as Milton residents since it keeps more equipment, more often, within closer reach of potential fires in the Crabapple, Sweet Apple and Arnold Mill areas.
Meanwhile, Milton acted swiftly to make Station 41 safe and habitable once more. The City Council’s support helped expedite a multi-step process that included thoroughly assessing the situation, removing instances of mold, and making needed physical changes to the structure.
The latter involved replacing Station 41’s HVAC system, fresh paint, and new lockers for firefighters in which to store their gear.