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Goose Creek to build 2 new fire stations

Goose Creek to build 2 new fire stations

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There will soon be additional fire protection in the City of Goose Creek.

Goose Creek City Council voted to move forward with a plan to build a new fire station headquarters, which will be located near the fire tower off Highway 52. That station will replace the old main fire station building just down the street.

Currently, the city has 2 fire stations. The headquarters is located across the street from BiLo on Brandywine Blvd.

Station 2 is located on Crowfield Blvd across from Stratford High School. A brand new station will also be built behind Lowe's on Old amount Holly Road.

Goose Creek resident Larry Sammons says Goose Creek does a good job, and the city needs to build the new stations. "The taxes in the city hasn't really gone up any the last many, many years and they are self-sustaining with their income so I think it would be a good idea."

China Construction Company was the lowest bid, at around 13 million dollars, and will be building the stations.

Goose Creek Fire Chief Steve Chapman said, "We have 14 firefighters on duty per day in two fire stations. Two engine companies, a rescue company and a full-time medic unit with two people on it."

Once the new station is built near Walmart, another 12 firefighters will be hired to man the station, increasing the number of firefighters in the city by a significant portion.

It will also increase the fire station/resident ratio. Currently there is one station per 20,000 residents. With the third station built, there will be one station for every 13,300 residents.

The city has already saved more than 5 million dollars for the project.
Currently, the city is debt-free.

Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler says getting a loan for the rest of the more than 13 million dollars of construction is well worth it to upgrade fire protection. "We're really proud because we only had to borrow $7,500,000 because we have the rest of it saved up and in the bank."

Construction is expected to begin on these fire stations sometime in March. They hope to have these stations open for business sometime by the end of next year.

Once these fire stations are completed, the city plans on finding a way to build two more. One of those will be built in the Carnes Crossroads area, and the other will be built in the Liberty Hall area.
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