New public safety building to go up in Conway

November 29, 2013 by  

Firefighters and police officers in Conway, about 14 miles from Myrtle Beach, will soon have a new home.

Conway is building a new facility that will house both departments. The current police building is over 50 years old and, according to Conway city administrator Bill Graham, both it and the fire department facility are inefficient and outdated for the challenges facing law enforcement officers and firefighters today.

The new building will be located between Buck and Bell streets on Ninth Avenue, where it will house the police, as well as the fire operations currently run out of station No. 1. The building should be completed in 2014, at a cost of $5m.

When Station No. 1 opened in 1964, the fire department consisted entirely of volunteers. By 1973, the city had seven paid firefighters, while today there are more than 30, with an additional 12 volunteers.

Rick Baker, Conway’s fire chief, spoke of his delight about the new facility, noting that fire services are currently spread among three different locations. The new building will bring the fire department administration personnel together in one place, and will also save residents who need reports, inspections, and other information from having to drive to numerous different locations.

The fire and police departments in Conway might consider working with brochure printers to create information for area residents, giving the ins and outs of the new building and perhaps inviting them to an open house when construction projects are complete.