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6/16/05

Lubbock Fire Station Re-Opens

Fire Station 13 is now responding to calls and fighting fires for the first time in ten years. And residents there say they feel safer because in Northwest Lubbock, the new station is improving response time by almost 30-seconds.

A month ago, their building was a run-down storage facility, but now it's being used to help save lives. JoAnn Gurrerro, assistant director for an area day care says, "We feel safe. The well being of a child is right next door it's just a hop and jump away."

With the same hop, skip and jump , lucky number 13 is in full fire fighting swing. Firefighter Tommy Jones says, "We've been busy. We get six or seven calls a shift." Fire Chief Steve Hailey agrees. "In 1995 there were 88 runs, we've had as much in one month as the last year."

Station 13 has given the firefighters a new home, given the community a faster response time, and given a near-by day care peace of mind.

The firefighters have put in hundreds of hours and dollars into making the station feel more like home. And that hard work is also one of the reasons the station opened two weeks ahead of schedule.

Lubbock recently annexed land North of Fire Station 13 and it's estimated 700 new homes will be built there, meaning the need for a strong fire fighting service out there will only grow. Right now the department is looking for nine new firefighters. Applications will be accepted through June 30th. You can pick up an application at 1515 Ursuline.

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