Proposed fire station could decrease response times

5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
By: Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times for residents.

The lot is near Route KK and Scott Boulevard, which is represented by Ward 5 city council member Matt Pitzer.

"There are a lot of areas in southwest Columbia that are outside the window for a four-minute response time," Pitzer said. "That really highlights the need for a station."

Pitzer confirmed talks between the fire department and the land owner have taken place, but are still in the very early stages. 

Columbia's city council voted to annex the property at its meeting on Monday. Ward 3 council member Karl Skala was in favor of taking more time to make the decision.

"There is nothing really driving this decision," Skala said at the meeting on Monday. "There may be some things mitigating the driving of this decision, at the least might be [discussion] about this fire station."

The Columbia fire department was not available for comment.

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