Chandler fire officials are readying a temporary station to fill response gaps in the city’s newer neighborhoods.
The station will house one fire engine and four firefighters in a mobile home and large garage on McQueen Road, south of Chandler Heights Road.
The temporary fix is meant to add fire department coverage right away while a planned permanent fire station is built.
That station is expected to open in fall 2007.
“We’ve had these stations planned in the long-range plan, but with the explosive growth, it’s been hard to keep up,” assistant fire chief Tom Carlson said.
Citywide, the Chandler Fire Department’s average response time is about 4 1 /2 minutes. But it’s somewhere between six and eight minutes in south Chandler, where all of the city’s new residential subdivisions have been built.
City officials expect the temporary station to be online by July 1, adjacent to the permanent station site.
It will house four firefighters, two of whom will also be paramedics. They will have to use a reserve fire engine, however, as new models can take up to a year for delivery.
“It takes almost as long as the station,” Carlson said.
The last engine Chandler ordered cost about $430,000.
“And that’s not with all the stuff we put on it,” he said. “That’s usually another $120,000.”
What: Presentation of plans for temporary fire station in south Chandler
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Santan Elementary School, 1550 E. Chandler Heights Road