Damaged Fire Station No. 9 reopens

Augusta-Richmond County Fire Station No. 9 reopened Monday after being closed for repairs since June, when a truck hit a column.

At 2 p.m., Engine 9 moved back to the station on Walton Way Extension and began running calls, Battalion Chief Ivan Bolgla said.

“We feel a lot better about our coverage now,” he said.

On June 25, a fire truck was leaving the station and the ladder took out a sizable part of the building. A few weeks later, a report found the column was not reinforced.

In August, the Augusta Com­mission approved a winning bid of $96,836 from Continental Con­struc­tion to repair the damaged station in 60 days.

The station is on a list to be replaced, but not for several years, Fire Chief Chris James said.

James said he visited the station Sunday to take a look at the work.

Ladder Truck 2, which used to run out of Station No. 9, will stay at Station No. 10, as part of a plan James implemented to ensure coverage for Augusta’s larger buildings on Washington Road and River Watch Park­way.

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