SPRINGFIELD — Fire Station #13 will help battle fires in the area where they occur most.
An expansion of the Springfield Fire Department is on the horizon in west-central Springfield.
SFD put out its annual report this week. It breaks down the numbers for what they saw in 2018.
The area the city plans to build that new station to help cover the biggest “red zone” in the city.
It didn’t take long for the city to get started clearing a couple of vacant homes out on West College Street, where the Fire Station 13 will be built over the next couple of years.
They have already secured an old dry cleaning business on that property at 1824 W. College.
Dominique Amor lives right across the street, and says it’s a welcome sight.
“I think a fire department would work really well right there. Just because I do see the fire department going up and down the street quite a bit, so I think they would save some distance definitely coming here,” says Amor.
Of the nearly 850 fire calls that were responded to, most of them are in the area that will be covered by the new station.
Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Newberry says the new station will fill a void for the city.
“It takes awhile in what they call travel time for us to get there, and it is our highest call volume area. So, we want to build a fire station in an area that has the highest demand for services. Also, our support units, or companies that come in to assist that first arriving company, it’s also a long travel time for them. So, this addresses multiple needs,” Newberry says.
Ren Jones lives right next to the future firehouse. While she knows it will be worth putting up with the noise of construction, she does have one concern.
“They said it was going to be the busiest station in town, and there is no lights on this whole street except for at the very ends. So, I’m a little bit concerned about that. I would really like to see a light put in if it’s going to be that busy,” Jones says.
In the annual report, the leading cause of fire calls were cooking accidents. 32% of those calls were cooking related.
Design plans for the new station are set to begin in January of 2020.