A growing population in Colorado Springs (CO) is pushing the need for four new fire stations and more firefighters, according to an article published in The Gazette.
According to the newspaper, the Colorado Springs Fire Department needs the stations over the next seven years and is expecting to break ground on a new facility in the coming months. It will be located next to the departments headquarters east of downtown.
The fire department will need new fees on developments to help cover the costs, the newspaper reported, adding that the city will need to increase the staff from about 525 employees to about 728 by 2026.
In 2007, the department responded to 45,102 emergency calls for help and this year, it’s on track to handle about 70,000 calls, the newspaper reported.
Stations are expected to be built in the northwest section of the city and, later, two additional stations will be built, including one east of the airport to serve new commercial development, the newspaper reported.