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“But we’re definitely going to do some research to try to figure that out,” Davenport Fire Chief Mike Carlsten said. “We don’t know exactly how we’re going to do it, but it’s a doable project.”
The current station, built in the 1960s, is only about a mile from the location of the new station, but the replacement will improve response time issues with one-way traffic on Harrison Street, according to city officials.
A 2018 fire department operational study recommended relocating the station due to its location in the Duck Creek floodplain and to better accommodate increased call volume in the northern part of town and accommodate the continued commercial, industrial and residential growth in this area.
Instead of having to fight traffic or take an extended route to go north, “we found a property that’s right on major thoroughfares,” with traffic control on 42nd Street at the both Brady and Welcome Way “with easy access to go either north, south, east or west,” Carlsten said.
Response times will depend on the location of the emergency, “but we’re trying to get firefighters through the building as quickly as possible,” Carlsten added, likely within seconds.