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Isolated neighborhood ready for fire station

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Updated: 5/22/2013 8:41 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As local neighborhoods expand, so does the need for more fire stations.

One local community is demanding change.

Tucked away off Race Track Road and Phillips Highway, Bartram Springs is one of the most isolated subdivisions in Jacksonville. That poses a big problem for fire protection.

A massive fire destroyed two homes in Bartram Springs back in 2010. Fire and emergency response concerns remain high three years later.

"Over the past few years we've had a few incidents where we haven't had the speediest of response times," said Robert Jackson.

Jackson says it's the perfect place to raise a family. He's been here for nine years and now the city is moving forward with plans to build Fire Station 62.

"We're now playing catch up," said JFRD Fire Chief Marty Senterfitt. "We're coming back and making sure we put a fire station out there."

Senterfitt tells Action News that construction is slated to start in a matter of weeks. "A fire station, though it may cost a million dollars a year to staff it, it could save $5, $6, $8 million in homeowners insurance for the people that live there."

Senterfitt says the current response time of 12 to 18 minutes will be cut down to just five minutes.

"It's definitely a relief," said Jackson. "Definitely makes us feel a lot safer for medical attention. Also the fire, a lot safer."

If all goes according to plan, Senterfitt says people living in Bartram Springs will see Fire Station 62 up and running by the new year.

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