An emergency plea from Lubbock's fire chief resulted in the re-opening of a much needed fire station. Although the city agrees with the need, they are not sure about where they're going to get the funds for new staff..
Fire Station 13 was closed back in December 1995, but on Thursday an unexpected request came from Lubbock Fire Chief Steve Hailey, asking to re-open the building and hire 15 new firefighters. Another surprise, he wants the station operating by the first of June this year. "We are grateful that the city council sees the need for public safety." Chief Hailey came into the city council meeting with his big request. Hailey says the fire department has the $50,000 needed to renovate the old building in their budget, but they'll need the city's help with benefits and salaries.
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The request came because of the rapid growth in Lubbock. Fire Station 13 is located in the northwest area, now covered in housing and new construction. Another problem is that fire station seven does not have easy access to the area because of road construction, limiting the response time.
City council unanimously approved the station, and the new firefighters, saying public safety was at the top of their list.
It will cost the city $950,000 to fund the 15 new firefighters, but the council told the chief to go ahead and start the hiring process, and they'll figure out where they're going to get the money before this summer's budget meeting.
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