Sara Story, NBC 5 News
Plans are underway for a new fire station in Denton Conty to help keep up with growth in the Argyle Fire District.
Plans are under way for a new fire station in Denton County.
The Argyle Fire District wants to build a new station to keep up with the growth in the area. The facility will be on the corner of Farm-to-Market 407 and Gibbons Road, west of the Lantana community.
"We cover Argyle, town of Bartonville, town of Copper Canyon, Northlake and the community of Lantana, and we provide EMS service for the town of Double Oak," Argyle Fire District Chief Mac Hohenberger said.
The district serves 23,000 people, more than four times as many as it served 20 years ago.
"There is a lot of growth that is going on here, and we have more coming," Hohenberger said.
He said the fire district needs to expand to keep up with the growth. The fire district currently has two stations, and one of them was built in 1973. The district wants to replace that facility with a new one.
"It is going to feel more like a real, actual fire department," Training Chief Collin Skipper said.
Skipper said an updated facility is crucial to sustain the fire and EMS services in the area. The district is made up of paid employees and volunteers, but they still require help from other cities on most calls.
"That puts a strain on them and on us, knowing that our help comes from another city," Skipper said. "There are million-dollar homes out here. That's a lot of assets to have and not the resources to protect it all the time."
The district said a new station would better serve their community and boost the attitude among employees.
And Hohenberger said now is the time to do it.
"With the economy like it is, we are going to take advantage of low construction costs," he said.