The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 6, 2013

Letter: Fire stations belong on thoroughfares

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — I’m a former Enid firefighter.

The city wants to move the current fire station because it sits directly on Garriott, a thoroughfare.

That is where you want a fire station! That is why the present fire station was built there, the station on 30th was built there, the old north station was on Willow, the new north station is on Grand, the west station is on Garland, the original downtown fire station was on Independence and the central headquarters fire station was built on — Garriott!  

You want a fire station to have quick access to a major thoroughfare to quickly and safely traverse the roadways in a safe, efficient and rapid manner.   

Putting a fire station on a narrow residential street defeats that purpose! It creates a hazard for the residents, visitors and the firefighters.

Every fire call would require the fire department to “break” the traffic on Cleveland from a side street — not ideal. No lights and sirens in the neighborhood when running hot?  

There will be times in that neighborhood when lights and sirens will be necessary — that’s why they are installed on the fire trucks!

If you really need a new station, then build it behind the present one. It would be a much better location, and the city already owns the property.

As for “too close to the city’s main fire station,” the proposed park location is no further west than the present station and only four blocks north.  

How about the corner of Cleveland and Chestnut? This location would allow better fire protection for northwest expansion. The station would be located at the intersection of two major thoroughfares — a major plus for easy fire lane access.

Or how about a half-mile north? Or south of Jumbo Foods?

Kirt R. Poovey