Corbin fire officials moving operations to one station to speed up response time

The City of Corbin has found a way to offer people better fire protection without raising their taxes.

Corbin's fire department used to be spread out over three different stations, but now all of the city's firefighting personnel and resources are moving to one location downtown.

"The way it was set up before, when we had three stations, we would have to come from all three directions to get to where we needed to be and since we're centrally located, we'll all be responding from the same location and get to the scene at the same time." Barry McDonald, the Corbin Fire Chief said.

And that, the chief says, could decrease response time by 5 to 10 minutes. But that's not the only good news.

"The citizens aren't going to have to fund any of it. We sold one of our fire trucks and we sold one of our fire stations. That's going to pay for the upgrades here." Chief McDonald said.

Giving Corbin residents increased safety without increased expenses.

The upgrades, which also include some inside renovation on the station's living quarters, are expected to take 3 to 4 months to complete and cost about $120,000.

Corbin officials hope to add another fire truck to their fleet sometime soon, but for now, people in the city can take comfort in knowing that if they have a fire emergency, help will arrive a little quicker.

The other station not being used by the fire department is currently being used by the city's ambulance service.

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