New fire station coming to Hixson
On Friday afternoon, Chattanooga city and fire officials held a ground breaking ceremony to kick of construction which is scheduled to begin in 30 days.
The new $2-million dollar station will be located in the 6800 block of Hixson Pike
"Residents out in this area have long been waiting for this news of when we’re going to get this fire station built. I’m very excited to be here today as part of this ground breaking. I’ve been telling them it’s coming, it’s coming," said Chattanooga City Councilman Ken Smith.
"This is all a part of making sure the people of Hixson and this area are served the best way possible. We want to make sure every Chattanooga resident is safe," said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.
According to interim Fire Chief Chris Adams, the location of the new station is centralized so residents in Hixson and Big Ridge can expected faster response times.
"It’s really about how far it is from point-A to point-B. We’re filling in point-A and point-B in the middle where we can get there much quicker with another station," Adams said.
There are no plans to hire more firefighters to work at the new station. Instead, personnel will be shifted from other locations. The new station will also be equipped with machinery that doesn’t require many firefighters to operate.
"We’re going to take advantage of modern technology and staff our firehouse with that extra personnel that’s really it extra. We’re utilizing every person to the up-most potential," Adams said.
City leaders told WDEF the station is expected to be completed within seven months.
In the meantime, plans to build a new fire station in Highland Park are also in the works.