The 2019 Bond, which was approved by voters in April 2019, included up to $15.8 million for Firefighting Facilities Improvements. Phase one of this project totals an estimated $10,588,134.
Bond Phase I of this project will provide two of the planned three additional fire stations, as well as apparatus to support ongoing growth for fire and emergency response. The new Fire Stations will be staffed with existing personnel and fire companies. In addition, the Fire Department will replace two fire engines and a ladder truck to complete the apparatus replacement program.
Why is it Important?
The city analyzes call history and historical response time data using our GIS. The industry standard for response time is 6 minutes, with 4 minutes allotted for travel time 90% of the time. The analyses show that if additional fire stations can be placed in the most optimal locations, parts of the city could see a minute decrease in response times, which could have a critical impact for lives and property.
The new Fire Stations will be staffed with existing personnel and fire companies. The stations will be positioned in the south, northwest, and central areas of the City for quicker response to those areas. In addition, the Fire Department will replace two fire engines and a ladder truck to complete the apparatus replacement program.
What is the Current Status?
Phase I of this project has been completed. Fire Stations #8 and #9 are open and operational. A groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station #2 was held on October 9, 2023.
This 11,000 square foot fire station includes three and a half apparatus bays, sleeping quarters with eight bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, day room offices and a fitness room. The station will be located at the corner of North St. and Woolsey Ave., in close proximity to UAMS.
Washington County donated the property for this fire station, which has a projected construction cost of approximately $6.5 million. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 9, 2023, with completion planned for fall 2024.