GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – During a special city council meeting Wednesday, Greenville Fire and Rescue officials presented their case to add two additional fire stations in the city.
Rapid growth in certain areas of the city have led to longer than desired response times for emergency crews.
“The bench mark is typically 6 minutes,” said Chief Eric Griffin. “Right now we’re looking at about 9 minutes and 21 seconds.”
After looking at a variety of factors, Griffin recommended two new stations be built over the next few years.
The first station would be built on land the city bought back in 2009 on Bayswater Rd. off of Firetower Rd. Griffin said the new station is needed immediately there, bringing with it an estimated price tag of $3.53 million.
“We have already purchased a fire truck for that area,” Griffin said. “It is going to be a combination fire plus an EMS unit built together.”
The second station, which is still likely three to five years off, would be built on Frog Level Rd. near Davenport Farms Rd.
Over the years, demand for emergency crews have increased dramatically. In 2014, there were 12,091 calls for service between EMS and fire. That same number so far in 2016 is already at 16,985.
The big task now lies with city officials to find out how to pay for the new stations.
“It comes down to priorities,” said Councilman P.J. Connelly. “You have to sit down and talk and find out what the most important things are for the citizens of Greenville, and that’s something that we will tackle in January and then when we finally finish the budget up in the end of June.”
Another area that is being closely monitored is Uptown Greenville with rapid population growth expected over the next few years.