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Wednesday's storms underline need for new Tyler fire station

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

 The Tyler Fire Department is working to improve response times, and with Wednesday's storm causing fire crews to be called out seventeen times, one part of town remains underserved. Could a new fire station be the answer?

Those fire crews responded to three calls during Wednesday's storm that were in South Tyler. The closest units to respond came from near Broadway Square Mall, some twelve minutes away from where the new station is proposed. And with a new station, fire crews could be responding much faster.

"By having these resources centrally located, it will allow units to respond quickly and keep other units closer in," Tyler Fire Department PIO Paul Findley said.

The new station is being considered at Cumberland Road near Cherryhill Drive, which as of now is still undeveloped.

The fire department said they have been tracking growth in South Tyler since 2003. But Finley said even if the city council approves the project, it could still be three years before residents feel the benefit.

Findley said the department would not be adding any additional personnel, but instead would consolidate districts 1 and 4, sending some firefighters to the new district.

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