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New Bern fire department proposes to expand

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The New Bern Fire Department wants to get bigger.

The department is proposing to add a fourth fire station on Martin Luther King Boulevard near River Road.

It would cost about $345,000 in design and other costs, said Deputy Chief Robert Boyd.

The department also wants to hire 12 new people and do a $150,000 renovation on its Thurman Road fire station, he said.

Boyd says it could take anywhere from four to eight minutes for firefighters to get to the scene of an emergency, and that having another fire station would cut down on response times.

"It's almost twice the time for what the other stations, and we're trying to do an equal service area to all the citizens," said Boyd.

If the city approves expanding its fire department, Boyd says the new station could be built as quickly as a year and a half.

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