May 14, 2014 5:53 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Fire station #18 was approved by voters back in 2008. However a city-conducted study says we don't need it and the money could be put to better use. But not so fast. A new study conducted by the fire union says we do need it.
A study conducted by the International Firefighters Association took a look at local response times to fires. The study shows all the streets in Corpus Christi. It marked streets green and red. If you live on any of streets that are highlighted in green, you can expect a fire truck to reach your house within 4 minutes after a fire is reported. That response time meets the national standard.
If you live in any of the areas marked in red, it will take firefighters more than 4 minutes to reach the scene. And the area where the new fire station #18 was supposed to go is red.
The Corpus Christi Firefighters Association paid for this latest study. They have been saying the city needs the fire station that was supposed to be built in the area of Ayers and Saratoga. As for the people who live in that area, they all agreed that the station is wanted and needed.
"We need it. We need a fire station close by," said Aide Hastey.
"I feel it would be beneficial to have one here, closer by," said Gabriel Hernandez.
"I think we should get the fire station if we paid for it in a bond pass... They should do what they said they were gonna do with it," said Patty Hosey.
According to the International Firefighters Association study, if there was a fire in the Crestmont neighborhood it would take longer than four minutes for a fire truck to get there. That worried some folks.
"Four minutes. It makes a big difference. And if we're gonna take longer to get there, we'll lose everything if something happens to us," said Hosey.
While there appears to be widespread neighborhood support for the fire station, even some of those who would like to see the new station built are willing to listen to the city's position that a new station is not needed.
"The city found that it wasn't necessary to have a fire station in this area. Well then that's what the city decides. That's what's important... Or maybe the money could be spent somewhere else," said Hernandez.
We tried to talk to council members about this new study and the concerns of people out here. We were told since the city is currently in contract negotiations with the Fire Association, they wouldn't make any comment as they felt it wouldn't be appropriate.
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