MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - An outdated fire station that has sat on the same street corner in Midland for 60 years will close down in April. The new and improved station six will take its place, near the Scharbauer Sports Complex.
Midland is a growing community. As more people pack up and move in the city limits, first responders are finding better ways to accommodate the growth.
"Moving our fire stations is not an easy task," said Interim Chief Chip Balzer.
But that's exactly what the Midland Fire Department is doing. Station Six has sat on Thomason and Midland Drive for more than 60 years. It will be moved near the Scharbauer Sports Complex in April.
"Unfortunately, the location where it is at, that lot doesn't allow us to really build a station that meets current needs or projected needs, so we had to look for a larger lot," said Balzer.
The new station will put firefighters closer to the west side of town, making response faster for those residents. Interim Chief Chip Balzer says it was strategic decision.
"We need to move closer to where the calls are actually occurring," said Balzer.
Taking a look at the growth now and in the future.
"That area provides us easy access to Loop 250. We can go north or south and get out to 191, Business 20," said Balzer.
Although many residents might be worried about the station moving, it's just a little more than a mile away
Balzer says because Station 10 is near the old location, this move will make services to the community easier.
"Abandoning that fire station, I don't think we will have a detrimental affect on that neighborhood," said Balzer.
There will be a ribbon cutting for the fire new station in mid to late April.