Catherine Ross, Frisco Reporter
The City of Frisco is expanding its fire services with a newly opened fire house for the growing area.
Growing Frisco celebrated the grand opening of Fire Station No. 7 on Tuesday.
The firehouse at Farm-to-Market 423 and Stonebrook Parkway includes a triage area and exam room where people can stop in for blood-pressure screenings.
Voters approved the nearly $7 million fire house in a bond election.
"It's a critical station," Mayor Maher Maso. "It's opening right when we need it."
The area is home to a growing number of high-end developments, as well as Frisco Lakes, a retirement community.
"Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities in the country," Maso said. "The northwest part of Frisco is one of the fastest growing parts of Frisco."
Fire Chief Mack Borchardt said serving different populations, including an aging baby boomer community and growing families, requires extra resources.
"Our citizens expect a high level of service," he said. "They're willing to pay for it, and it's our job to provide it."
When the growth first erupted about a decade ago, it was hard to predict where it would spring up next, Borchardt said. It's easier to plan for the future today, but it may be impossible to get ahead, he said.
"We try to keep on pace with it," he said.
Borchardt said emergency response times before Fire Station No. 7's opening were better than the national average, but still slower than the city preferred.
Another fire station may soon be in the works.
On Monday, the City Council approved the first step in the process of designing Fire Station No. 8, which is planned for the city's east side.