KCFD explores fire protection options in south KC - KCTV5

KCFD explores fire protection options in south KC

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With Kansas City closing its pumper 1 station in south Kansas City, fire officials are looking at their options for providing fire service to residents.

The city had looked at having Grandview's fire department provide an automatic service agreement but Grandview says it won't be doing so.

The loss of grant funding meant closing the station south of Highway 150 on the Richards-Gebaur property. That leaves Pumper 45 at Blue Ridge and Holmes Road as the closet pumper to the affected area of south Kansas City.

Some residents believe it will take too long to get crews to them. Some estimates say it will take 11 minutes.

"We really do need them close to here," Cloverleaf Apartment resident Latoya Stepney said. "We have a lot of kids in this complex. ... We need a close fire department in case something happens. We really can't afford to wait for a fire truck to come to your aid."

The fire department issued the following statement to KCTV5 on Monday:

KCFD's first concern is serving the needs of our community to the best of our capability. While we would certainly prefer not to surrender any of our critical resources, the realities of our current situation dictate that we will have to make adjustments. We are actively examining a variety of approaches to help ensure that we can continue to provide the best service we can deliver in every part of our community.

Mutual aid is an element in that equation and one that we will continue to explore and develop. Just as many of our neighboring communities must depend on our help to respond effectively to larger events such as structure fires, technical rescues, and chemical events, we need to be able to depend on their assistance in areas where our coverage may be limited. Building effective agreements that ensure mutual benefit and balance is an ongoing process but, when successfully designed and managed, one from which both communities ultimately benefit.

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