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Southside Fire unveils new headquarters

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Southside Fire and EMS has a new place to call home.

On Thursday, the ribbon was cut on the new headquarters complex on Dean Forest Road.

The complex is 38,000 square feet and is built to withstand several types of severe weather events.

The building was inspired after Hurricane Katrina devastated fire departments along the Gulf Coast.

"Behind me over my left shoulder, we have some generators they are built up over the air. The whole second floor is electrically isolated from the first floor so if we were to have an area wide flood event - we would be able to run a command center out of the second story," said Assistant Chief Hugh Futrell.

The complex was also dedicated to James Rrobertson, the former chief and general manager who worked for the department for 30 years.

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