Paulding County Fire & Rescue Breaks Ground on New Station

Paulding County Fire & Rescue Breaks Ground on New Station

On June 12, 2024, Paulding County Fire & Rescue officially began construction of Station 13 during a groundbreaking ceremony. The new station, located at the intersection of Old Cartersville Road and Forrester Lane, is expected to open in early 2025.

Station 13 aims to improve emergency response times in the rapidly growing area of Paulding County. It will operate 24/7, staffed by highly trained fire and emergency medical personnel. The station will house an Engine Company and a Battalion Chief, significantly enhancing the response times to 911 calls.

The project was approved by Paulding County’s Board of Commissioners in late 2023, with a total cost of $3.695 million.

“I’m very excited to see the construction phase getting started today”, according to Chief Joey
Pelfrey. “Today there are nearly 4,500 residential and business addresses in Station 13’s firstdue. Citizens in the area are currently served by Station 1, 3 and 11. Once it opens, we’ll be
enabled to better align 911 response zones and reduce response times across the entire area.
That is a game changer for our citizens.”

“Station 13 also has the potential to lower insurance premiums for some home and business
owners. While we can’t control insurance companies and what they charge their customers, it is
customary for homes within 5 miles of a fully staffed fire station, and 1000’ from the nearest fire
hydrant, to have lower premiums. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating system is a tool
insurance companies utilize to measure risk and corresponding premiums. Station 13 is
expected to lower the ISO rating for some homes to a level ‘3’ down from their current ‘10’
rating. That could translate to some owners seeing a significant reduction in their insurance
costs. This will not happen until the rating bureau conducts their official review and reclassifies
the area, but we anticipate that will imminently happen once Station 13 opens.”

About Paulding County Fire & Rescue

Founded in 1980, the department provides fire protection, suppression, rescue, and emergency services and employs nearly 200 professional personnel. In 2023 the department responded to 18,593 calls through the 911 system for fire and emergency medical service. Paulding County is 313 square miles in size, with a population of ~188,000. Further information is available at

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