Midland Fire Station without Fire Engine, but it's a Good Thing 4/18/13
CBS 7 News
April 18, 2013
Midland - The Midland Fire Department has been working to make every station more efficient and it has brought on some changes to stations.
However some of these changes has left some residents unhappy.
Fire Station 5 no longer has a fire engine, while this may sound like a loss. It's actually a gain for the Midland Fire Department.
Midland Fire Station 5 is at a busy intersection. Carol Young drives by it nearly every day. She recently noticed something different about the station.
"I noticed we didn't have a fire engine, we have a pickup truck in its bay," Young said.
It's a change that has Young concerned.
"We have no protection in area five. If a fire engine comes, it's from Wall St., Lamesa or Midkiff," Young said.
However Midland Fire Chief Robert Isbell says there's no reason to worry. The change is a good thing.
"Even though an engine was stationed at 5, its reliability to respond to a fire was significantly lower than the other districts because it responded with EMS as support more so than fire," Chief Isbell said. "Taking that engine out of 5 although sounds like we're taking something away, what we actually did was add a resource."
Isbell replaced the fire engine with a squad unit, that can better handle EMS calls. He says by adding this one truck, it's lowered the entire department's response time by thirty seconds.
As far as fire calls for district five, Chief Isbell says they have it more than covered.
"We have three over lapping districts that really envelope that district," he said.
No matter where a fire breaks out, Chief Isbell says there will be a crew on scene within minutes.
Chief Isbell tells me they hope to add another squad unit soon which they hope will improve their response time even more.