Greenville City Council calls special meeting to address fire protection

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville City Council is holding a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss a program for future fire stations.

WNCT has reported on Greenville’s efforts to cut down on response time to emergencies in the past. City leaders say it’s a priority and that’s why they’ve called this special meeting to address it once again.

National standards say crews should arrive on scene at an emergency in just over 5 minutes. Yet at last check, response time in southeast Greenville was more than double that.

The area of most concern is along Firetower Road. The city owns land for an additional station there, but there’s still no word on when it will go up.

Mayor Allen Thomas says the goal of the workshop is to work towards ensuring quicker response times to the entire city.

“This is something we’ve been planning on doing and we hope in our January work session, our retreat with all of our council members that we look towards some significant commitments for Fire-Rescue in our city. We want to go ahead and talk about this now and make sure everybody was apprised of the most recent information,” Mayor Thomas said.

Fire-Rescue leaders have been working on possible solutions in the fire-tower road area. Until they can break ground on the new station, they’ve talked about adding personnel to station in their vehicles during peak call times.

Mayor Thomas says it’s crucial to address this now, as the city continues growing.

“We’re over 93,000 citizens now. We have a bedroom community of Winterville and Ayden and others that are around us. We have mutual aid. But we need to look, as these rooftops continue to grow in the different parts of the city, what is Greenville going to look like from a fire protection standpoint in 2020 and beyond?” Mayor Thomas said.

The special meeting starts Wednesday night at 6 at City Hall.

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