Two years after voters approved a bond package, officials broke ground on two new fire stations Monday.
The stations, one along Double Creek Drive and the other along Red Bud Lane, are part of the department’s goal to improve response times.
“We’re actually gaining a lot by building these two stations,” said Round Rock Fire Battalion Chief Shane Glaiser.
The department is currently responding to between 40 and 50 percent of their calls within six minutes. The goal is to respond to 90 percent of calls in six minutes or less.
“We will feel, you know, that we are secure with the presence of the fire department here,” said Jose Alas, who lives near one of the new stations.
City Councilman Writ Baese was on the bond commission in 2013.
“In looking at the data, it was obvious as we continue to grow, it was time to add some additional stations,” said Baese.
“It’s important that we try to keep up with that growth from a public safety standpoint,” said Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw.
Glasier said they used a computer system to pinpoint the best locations for the new stations. They then had to try to acquire land near those optimum locations.
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