The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 28, 2013

Letter: Relocating firehouse is not a good idea

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — I was not mislead by the headline “Based on Safety” found on a recent front page.

A look into the plan to ravage Lions Park to make room for a firehouse led me to believe that safety is a talking point, not a consideration. Consideration, I think, is given to getting the Lions Park property free and selling the Garriott property for speculation.

A cardinal rule of fire safety is that a firehouse should be located on a main thoroughfare, so fire trucks have immediate access to get out there and put out the fire. That’s safety! No such access for Lions Park!

The park is bounded north and south by Cherokee and Maine. Both are closed to traffic by the city.

Where is the access? To battle a fire, just one block east of the proposed new station, units from No. 4 would likely encounter rail traffic east of the park.

Next, the units must travel six to seven blocks through residential streets congested with parked cars. That’s to respond just one block away. That’s not safety!

• Putting a fire house in Lions Park is just not good planning.

• The present house, No. 4, has immediate access to a major thoroughfare.

• A fire house at Lions Park does not have immediate access to a major thoroughfare.

• Other sites are available, some with immediate access to to major thoroughfares!

• Most importantly, the plan would destroy the character and community of the Lions Park neighborhood.

• Property values of the Lions park neighborhood would suffer.

• Children playing in the proposed mini-park next to No. 4 would be at risk by trucks too big for narrow, congested streets.

Dale Phillips