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Fire Station 5


(KALBERER) GOOD EVENING, I’M LAUREN KALBERER- THANK YOU FOR WATCHING KX NEWS. IN TONIGHT’S TOP STORY- WORKING TO PROTECT ALL SIDES OF THE CITY… THE MINOT FIRE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING TO ADD ANOTHER STATION IN NORTHWEST MINOT. KARASSA STINCHCOMB JOINS US FROM THE FUTURE HOME OF STATION 5. KARASSA? (KARASSA STINCHCOMB, KX NEWS) THANKS LAUREN. THAT’S RIGHT — BY 20-21 BEHIND ME WILL BE MINOT’S NEWEST FIRE STATION. I SPOKE TO CHIEF KELLI EARLIER TODAY AND SHE EXPLAINED WHY THIS IS SPOT NEEDED TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AND ALIVE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. ( KELLI KRONSCHNABEL, CHIEF)”WE HAVE IDENTIFIED MANY, MANY YEARS AGO THAT WE HAD A NEED FOR A FIFTH FIRE STATION IN THE NORTHWEST SECTION OF TOWN.” AFTER PURCHASING THE LAND IN 2017, THE PROJECT WAS PUT ON HOLD DUE TO THE BUDGET. NOW–THE 3.4 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO MOVE FORWARD IN 20-20. ( JAMES DOCKTER, FIREFIGHTER)”IT’S EXCITING TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING A NEW STATION. OF COURSE IT’S ALWAYS GOOD AS A FIREFIGHTER TO BE PART OF A GROWING DEPARTMENT.” IT WILL BE LOCATED ON 4TH AVENUE NORTHWEST. JUST EAST OF THE HIGHWAY 83 BYPASS. THE FUNDING IS COMING FROM RESERVE FUNDS FROM THE CITY. ONCE CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETED, THE DEPARTMENT WILL ONLY HAVE TO HIRE THREE FIREFIGHTERS TO FULLY STAFF THE FIFTH STATION. (KRONSCHNABEL) “HOW WE CAN DO THAT IS BECAUSE WE CHANGED OUR RESPONSE MODEL. WE DON’T HAVE THE RESCUE TRUCKS RUNNING MEDICAL CALLS OUT OF STATION 1 AND 2, WHICH HAVE THE MOST MEDICAL CALL OF ALL THE STATIONS. AND WITH THAT, WE CAN PUT THEM ON THE ENGINE BUT THAT ALLOWS US TO BE ABLE TO TAKE TWO PEOPLE FROM STATION 1 AND REASSIGN THEM TO STATION 5 AND ONE PERSON FROM STATION 2.” RIGHT NOW, STATION 2 HANDLES ALL OF THE CALLS IN THAT PART OF TOWN. RESPONSE TIMES CAN BE BETWEEN 7 AND 12 MINUTES DEPENDING ON THE ROAD CONDITIONS. AND THOSE MINUTES CAN FEEL LIKE A LIFETIME. (DOCKTER) “WHEN WE’RE THINKING ABOUT PATIENTS IN CARDIAC ARREST, THAT RESPONSE TIME IS REALLY CRITICAL. THE SURVIVAL RATE IS ABOUT 10-PERCENT PER MINUTE, IT GOES DOWN FOR THOSE PATIENTS. SO, BY THE TIME WE GET THERE, THEY MAY ONLY HAVE A 10 TO 20-PERCENT SURVIVAL RATE. SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO GET TO THOSE AREAS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.” FIREFIGHTERS ON THE DEPARTMENT LIKE DOCKTER ARE EXCITED TO HAVE ANOTHER STATION. (DOCKTER) “WHEN YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT THE NEW LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION THAT’S BEING BUILT NOWADAYS, HOMES ARE BURNING HOTTER AND FASTER, SO IT IS CRITICAL FOR US TO GET THERE FAST.” (KARASSA STINCHCOMB, KX NEWS) SOMETHING ELSE THIS NEW STATION WILL DO IS LOWER HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE RATES. HAVING A FASTER RESPONSE TIME REDUCES THE RISK OF A TOTAL LOSS. LAUREN, BACK TO YOU. (KALBERER) THANKS KARASSA BUILDING ANOTHER FIRE STATION IS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE GROWING POPULATION IN MINOT. IN 20-10, THE POPULATION WAS JUST OVER 41-THOUSAND. IN 20-17,

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