Enterprise City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to locate the city’s fourth fire station on the south side of Boll Weevil Circle at the entrance to Enterprise Municipal Airport.
The location is expected to provide quicker response times for fires, wrecks and accidents that occur in that part of the city, said Doug Hatton, the fire protection consultant hired to conduct a detailed analysis to help determine the right location.
“The location is excellent when you take a look at what we’re doing,” Hatton said.
About 20 percent of the city’s structure fires are located around the southwestern part of the city, near where the new station will be located.
“There’s (currently) a blank area down in the south side,” he said. “So not only are we looking at the structure fires, we’re also looking at rescues…along the bypass that (will get) much better response times from this location.”
When determining the location, Hatton looked at other practical concerns, as well, such as the availability of land, ease of access to primary highways, location of other fire stations in the city and future growth, among other things.
Currently, the EFD is rated as a “3” on a range of 1to 10, with 1 being the best.
The city is also in the bidding process for its new central fire station, which will be located at the old Action of Enterprise building on Plaza Drive.
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