According to a report from BG Daily News, the need for more fire stations was among the main priorities for Bowling Green, Kentucky, city leaders last Friday.
At their annual retreat on Friday, January 29, at the Sloan Convention Center, city commissioners heard from department heads and offered guidance on strategic priorities, such as the new fire station, during the 10-hour meeting.
With first-term mayor Todd Alcott in attendance, Bowling Green Fire Department (BGFD) Chief Jason Colson presented the results of an analysis of the BGFD’s response times, showing the need for new fire stations in the Kentucky Transpark and Russellville Road areas.
Recently, Bowling Green was given two acres at the Transpark to be used as land for a new station, something Colson considered a priority project. He also said that, although Transpark receives relatively few calls, the area is growing rapidly; a 200-acre expansion is now underway, and the value of the property there is considerable.
Commissioners agreed to move ahead with the planning of the Transpark fire station, which would mean hiring an additional 15 firefighters, with a possible Russellville Road station also in the works.