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Goodwater Fire Chief Elmore Unbehant and retired Fire Chief Alan Wingfield stand with the sign naming the new station in honor of Wingfield. Photo submitted
Goodwater’s new 5-bay station is complete and now ready to serve the community and all of Coosa County. Photo submitted
Elected officials, fire department members, family, and friends all came out to enjoy the ceremony dedicating the new fire station to Alan Wingfield, for whom the new station is named. Photo submitted
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On October 15, the Goodwater Volunteer Fire Department had its open house and building dedication.
Fire Chief Elmore Unbehant led the ceremony and stated that he was so happy to be able to say he was proud of the new building and happy that the department was able to get this building completed for use in the community.
The new 5-bay station houses fire trucks and a command vehicle, as well as living quarters for the other big announcement… The department has been able to hire two paid medics for the EMS service that have been working since the beginning of August, making them the county’s first paid EMS personnel.
The new fire station was dedicated in honor of retired Fire Chief Alan W. Wingfield.
Chief Wingfield and his family were on hand for the event, which was a huge surprise to him. Wingfield served as fire chief at Goodwater for 40 years from 1972 until 2012, bringing the department into the modern era of firefighting, as well as being a part of starting and maintaining a transport EMS, becoming a paramedic as a volunteer.
The Goodwater Volunteer Fire Department is pleased with this progress and looks forward to serving the community and county at large from the new Alan W. Wingfield Fire Station.