Jasper County (SC) to Break Ground on Marsh Cove Fire Station

Firefighter facing away with turnout gear

Shellie Murdaugh

Bluffton Today, S.C.

(MCT)

May 25—Jasper County will soon have another fire station, thanks in part to two residents who discussed the idea with county officials several years ago.

The $1.8 million Marsh Cove station will improve fire and emergency services between the Roseland and Mead Road fire stations and is scheduled to open later this year, a news release said. It will be staffed by firefighters cross-trained in emergency medical services.

“This new fire station is an important project for the Cherry Point Fire District, but especially for residents in the entire Marsh Cove area,” county administrator Andy Fulghum said in the release. “We are happy to be partnering with a local bank with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan and a federal Community Development Block Grant to make this project happen.”

Louise Rawlings and Barbara Bartoldus prompted discussion of a new station four years ago when they approached county leaders about the need for improved fire and emergency services in the area.

“Those two women joined us for meetings, helped us brainstorm options, and they are a big part of why this fire station is being built today,” administrative services director Kimberly Burgess said. “We so appreciate their determination and willingness to jump in to help.”

Groundbreaking for the station at 4820 Lowcountry Dr., is scheduled for Thursday. The Phipps family, owners of Bolan Hall Plantation, donated the property to the county.

The contract calls for the project to be completed in six months, according to the release. The station will be 5,604 square feet, with about half of that living quarters for emergency personnel on duty.

“We have been upgrading our Jasper County Fire Department for the past several years with new fire stations and equipment, plus adding to our firefighters and volunteers,” interim director of emergency services Russell Wells said. “The new Marsh Cove Fire Station is another step to improving overall emergency response time to every corner of Jasper County.”

The general contractor is C. Merrill Construction of Statesboro, Ga. Grady Woods of Jasper County is the architect and Thomas & Hutton of Savannah will provide engineering services.

A web camera will provide real-time and time-lapse views of the project’s progress at https://app.oxblue.com/open/jaspercounty/marshcove.

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