City’s west side closer to its own fire station

HARLINGEN — The city’s fast-growing west side appears to be moving closer to having its own fire station.

Today, city commissioners will consider a $1.2 million contract with Harlingen-based Pietra Construction to build the city’s eighth fire station.

The station would help the fire department cut response time in half along the city’s west side, Fire Chief Rogelio Rubio said yesterday.

“It’s important that response time be prompt,” Rubio said. “Fire doubles every minute; medical calls are very important.”

The proposed 5,277-square-foot, two-story station would be built at the corner of Stuart Place and Brennaman roads.

Now, the city’s Dixieland Road fire station often handles emergency calls to the west side.

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