Chandler’s residential growth in the southeast portion of the city has forced the fire department to expand.
Approval of a recent city bond issue paved the way for the city’s 11th station to be built south of the Chandler Municipal Airport and north of Queen Creek Road, between McQueen and Cooper roads, fire department spokesman Dan Couch said.
Fire Station 11 will join Fire Station 10 — which has not yet been built and currently operates out of a mobile home and steel garage — in providing fire services for booming southeast Chandler, fire assistant chief Tom Carlson said.
The two stations will alleviate Fire Station 7 at 6200 S. Gilbert Road.
The construction is part of the city’s five-year plan and will allow the department to meet the needs of residents and get response time down to four minutes, Carlson said. In 2006, the average response time citywide was four minutes, 16 seconds.
“By having a station where there’s the higher call volume we think we can get there and make a difference,” Carlson said.
Fire Station 10, on the east side of McQueen Road south of Chandler Heights Road, will be a 10,000-square-foot facility with three bays and cost $4.1 million. Currently, it is in the design phase, but the city plans to break ground in September and open it this time next year. At that time it will house one engine and four firefighters, with room to grow.
The bond issue passed May 15 ensured that money is available for Fire station 11, which has a target opening in November 2009.
The cost is about $5.5 million for the 11,000-square-foot building with four bays.
The city is projecting its growth and has land purchased for a 12th station in the Ocotillo/Gilbert roads area, Carlson said.