COLLEGE STATION, TX — It's crucial in an emergency to get the quickest response possible from emergency personnel.
Now in College Station, firefighters and EMTs will be able to do just that thanks to a brand new station.
After more than a year of construction the $6 million Fire Station No. 6 is now open for business.
"We officially started yesterday," said Lt. Joshua Varner. "And we're already running calls."
The station is currently home to: an engine, an ambulance, a battalion chief and seven fire fighters per shift but with lots of construction projects popping up all over University Drive, Bart Humphreys says additional staff and equipment will be added within the next couple of years.
"As that development happens there will be more population and more demand for services," said Humphreys.
It's the department's goal to be out the door in 90 seconds and on scene by 5 1/2 minutes, making their response times faster than ever before.
"On peak times like football games and things like that we were noticing we'd only be meeting our goal 70 percent of the time in this area because of the demand for service," Humphreys said.
And in a life or death situation every second counts but firefighters are already seeing a big improvement.
"Yesterday morning our engine and ambulance that arrived on scene made it to the patient before they ever got off the phone with 911," said Lt. Varner.
We're told the dive team, water search and rescue and hazardous materials teams will also be based out of this location.
And if there's ever a problem, the station will serve as the city's backup dispatch center.
If you want to come and check out Station No. 6, a dedication ceremony will be held on the 15th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m..