Copperas Cove residents will enjoy lower insurance rates thanks to the majority vote on Tuesday to build a fourth fire station.
“Having a fire station (at Five Hills) will give us easier access to respond to calls,” Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said. “A business district always has a higher potential for catastrophe.”
The fire station will be built on a lot donated to the city by the Economic Development Corporation. The land is currently farm land across from a residential area and not far from a movie theater behind WalMart.
The $6 million in bonds will pay for the construction of the station including contractor fees, testing services, and bond issuance fees of approximately $85,000, said Fire Chief Burney Baskett.
Within the fire station will be a large room that can be used for training sessions, civic group meetings and other gatherings such as committee meetings.
Baskett said the building also will contain a “police substation” with areas for police officers to meet with complainants, conduct interviews and finalize reports without having to travel to the main police station downtown. There also will be a dedicated garage and storage area for police specialty vehicles that can be used in the Five Hills shopping center area during peak shopping periods.
A consultant hired by the city said the new fire station will help prevent an increase in insurance premiums.
With the new fire station at Five Hills, response time to the four schools, four churches, 142 businesses and 2,081 residential properties will be well within four minutes, which is the national benchmark set for fire departments to respond to a call.
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