New Fulton Fire Station Already in Use

5 years 8 months 18 hours ago Friday, December 16 2011 Dec 16, 2011 Friday, December 16, 2011 10:42:00 AM CST December 16, 2011 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist

FULTON - Fire officials said Friday the new Tennyson Road fire station is already coming in handy.

Fire Chief Dean Buffington said the station, Fulton's second, has cut response times to the south end of town in half. That part of town has seen substantial growth recently, and Buffington said it has become impossible for the city's existing fire station to get firefighters to that part of town within five minutes of receiving a call.

"The new fire station has cut our response times to this part of town from 6-7 minutes to about 3 minutes," he said.

The new fire station became operational Dec. 6, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning. Buffington said the station has averaged 1.5 calls a day so far.

Buffington said the Fulton Fire Department will keep two pumpers at the station along with a truck for fighting brush fires. He said the station can serve as an alternate dispatch center and host training classes. It also has a ground source heat system, a system to collect rainwater for training use, and three bunk rooms, "one for men, one for women, and one for snorers."

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