Currently, there are 11 fire stations servicing the roughly 300 square miles in the unincorporated areas of Walton County. Previously there were 12 – that is until the summer of 2018 when Station 12 and Station 3 were combined into the one new Station 3 on Highway 81 in the Loganville area. That is, however, about to change. Wednesday, officials from Walton County, including Walton County Fire Rescue, broke ground on the new Fire Station 12 at Hard Labor Creek. The fire station will be located next to the recreation area of the Hard Labor Creek Reservoir in the Social Circle area of the county.
There has been a temporary fire station at that location in the meantime where Walton County Fire Rescue Engine 12 has been housed. Walton County Commission Chairman Kevin Little said WCFR Engine 12 would continue to operate out of the new station once it is complete.
Walton County formed and began training a special ops team in 2015 in advance of the opening of the recreation area at Hard Labor Creek Reservoir and now owns and operates a rescue / dive boat that provides emergency support for reservoirs, rivers and lakes in the area.