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Cove officials plan 10-person staff for Fire Station 4

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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — If residents approve the $6 million bond funding the construction of Fire Station 4 at the polls Nov. 5, more firefighters will be needed to staff the facility when it opens.

“It will require additional staffing,” said Fire Chief Burney Baskett.

The city estimated the potential cost of opening a 10-member firefighter and command staff at $665,000, though it is unsure when hiring will occur.

Completion of Fire Station 4, which also will serve as a police substation, is at least 18 to 24 months away, Baskett said, if voters approve funding.

Currently facilities can’t accommodate the additional staffing at this point, City Manager Andrea Gardner said.

“If you hire those people, you have to have somewhere to put them,” she said.

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