JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--A new fire station in the rapidly-growing Bartram area of Southwest Jacksonville, is something neighbors have been looking forward to for quite some time.
"Definitely a relief. Definitely makes us feel a lot safer for medical attention. Also the fire, a lot safer," says neighbor Robert Jackson.
Chief Martin Senterfitt says it's long overdue.
"This is one of those areas I lose sleep over at night. When it's taking you 12-15 minutes to get to a structure fire or to a small child not breathing, that's just too long," he says.
Today, Mayor Brown, members of the City Council and Jacksonville Fire Rescue broke ground on the new $2.4 million site. Senterfitt says the new facility will reduce response times from 12 to 18 minutes to five minutes.
We wanted to know how the city is paying for a new station when there's talk of others closing. "This was the only thing only capital improvement plan in my budget for last year. It's a good investment because it will increase response time, so that if something happens we can save a life," says Mayor Alvin Brown.
"I don't want to close any fire station. We need every station we have. But if by some chance I have to look at fire station, well look at which station will have the lease impact on overall service," says Chief Senterfitt.
This station is scheduled to be complete January 2014.