The city of Smyrna held a ceremony to celebrate the opening of Fire Station 2.

Smyrna opens new fire station

The city of Smyrna hosted a ceremony over the weekend to celebrate the opening of a new facility replacing its oldest fire station. 

This new building at 642 Concord Road replaces a one-story station built in the 1970s. Deputy Fire Chief Brian Marcos said the new building is two stories and includes about 9,000 square feet of space.

This station, which was the city’s oldest, only had one bathroom originally designated for men, Marcos said. According to city documents, the old building’s apparatus bay couldn’t accommodate trucks in service. The new building includes restrooms for men and women, a day room and the necessary space for its trucks.

City Council members in April 2017 awarded a contract to BM&K Construction, Inc. to build the fire station for $2.7 million. Smyrna used Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue to pay for the project. 

From left to right are City Council Members Charles Welch, Maryline Blackburn, Fire Chief Roy Acree, Mayor Max Bacon, City Council Member Ron Fennel, Deputy Fire Chief Brian Marcos & City Council Member Susan Wilkinson.

Marcos also said the station has an Emergency Operations Center, which allows the Smyrna Fire Department to host personnel in the event of a natural disaster or inclement weather. The facility, he said, was constructed to last 75 to 100 years. 

“We’re very excited about having this,” Marcos said.

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Fire Station 2 is the second busiest station in Smyrna, Marcos said. In 2018, the station had 1,285 calls for service through 911 dispatchers. Marcos said that’s an increase of about 30 to 40 calls it received in 2017. 

Smyrna also hosted guests from the cities of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs, who were seeking ideas for stations they want to build in their jurisdictions, the deputy fire chief said. 

Other Smyrna fire stations are Station 1, which serves as the fire department’s headquarters, at 2620 Atlanta Road; Station 3 at 2825 Park Road; Station 4 at 4595 South Cobb Drive; and Station 5 at 750 Cooper Lake Road. 

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