Copperas Cove and the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation will dedicate four acres of land in the Narrows Technology and Business Park Thursday for a fourth fire station and police substation.
The ceremony and the future station will be located on Old Copperas Cove Road between Constitution Drive and Robert Griffin III Boulevard.
The site is formerly owned by the EDC and was deeded to the city in November at no cost to the municipality.
“This is how we do things in Copperas Cove,” said Dan Yancey, EDC board chairman, in a news release. “We all work together to provide a better quality of life for all of our citizens and public safety is a big part of that effort.”
In November, residents approved a $6 million bond for construction of the station, which will be built sometime after the bond is issued in 2015. According to city data, an estimated 2,231 addresses are located in the area proposed for fire station No. 4, including four schools and more than 2,000 homes. The construction of the fire station should reduce response time by almost two minutes to those addresses currently served by the main fire station on South Main Street.
Average response times in the eastern portion of Copperas Cove and the Five Hills Shopping Center are 5 minutes, 49 seconds, according to the city. The national standard is 4 minutes.
“Copperas Cove is very pleased with the growth to the southeast ...” City Manager Andrea Gardner said. “The safety of our citizens is of top priority.”