It took a while for emergency personnel to respond to his Mackintosh on the Lake home, and that experience is one of the reasons why he's glad
"I think with this station now in this neighborhood, they are going to be able to respond quicker," he said.
The station, next to
"Today is really about preparation," Mayor
This station has been years in the making, and former Mayor
"We are here today to not only uncouple hoses or cut ribbons symbolically on bricks and mortar, but also in a way to honor those in our city both present and past who have planned and carefully set aside funds to help keep our city and citizens safe,"
Mayor Pro Tem
THE THREE-BAY station serves as the home of engine 6, truck 2 and the battalion chief's vehicle 2, and features nine bunk rooms, a training area, weight room, office space and kitchen, among other amenities.
"It's going to be great," he said. "They should be able to get here, anywhere in the neighborhood within three minutes from the times they are dispatched."
Community members have dropped off baked goods and welcome-to-the-neighborhood cards, Fire Chief
"One of our first visitors told us that every day she would come by with her kids when they realized we were here, so the kids wouldn't let them go anywhere until they stopped by," he said. "So they could come in and get the tour."
Smith and other city leaders stressed that while this station would directly affect this portion of town, it would provide relief to the city's entire fire system.
"It increases our capacity in the city to provide fire protection throughout the city through more personnel and more units so we can field more calls," he said.
"Providing fire protection for a community is a continuing balance," he said. "It's a balance between efficiency and effectiveness, resources and the cost of those resources. This is something that local governments struggle without across the state and across the nation."
The average citizen, he said, cares about only three things when it comes to fire protection: will they get their fast, will they know what to do when they get there, and will they be treated with respect?
"Adding this station and adding these resources will absolutely help (community members) in this city," McIntyre said.
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