New Fulton Fire Station Planned

1 decade 10 months 2 weeks ago November 09, 2005 Nov 9, 2005 Wednesday, November 09 2005 Wednesday, November 09, 2005 4:37:16 PM CST in News

It won't be long before Fulton starts another new development project. The city council gave preliminary approval to set aside $400,000 over the next two years to build a new fire station on the south side of town. The current station is overcrowded and needs some minor repairs.

"The roof leaks in a few different spots, the paint is fading and there's dust. Typical things like that you'd find in an old building," Fulton Fire Department President Todd Gray said.

The building that the fire department is in now was built back in 1983 to be a substation but once the new substation is build it will remain the main station in Fulton. But the building isn't the main concern for the Fire Department. It wants to increase the residents' safety by decreasing call response time.

The National Fire Association recommends a four minute response time but because of Fulton's growth, its department is much slower than that.

"We experience about an eight minute response time to some of the far corners of the community on the south-eastern portion of town, and we're looking to put a new fire station on the south end to decrease that response time," City Administrator Bill Johnson said.

The department will hire three new firefighters to help staff the new station. Fulton hopes to start building the new station at the beginning of next year, and have it completed by 2007. As of now, there are no plans to repair the old station.

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