Firefighters' response time in NW Austin
NORTHWEST AUSTIN – Neighborhoods along RM 620 in Northwest Austin—including Canyon Creek—are no strangers to rapid growth.
In recent years, residents have seen increased traffic, new apartments, more commercial development and a rise in Austin Fire Department response times.
Canyon Creek—which is only accessible off RM 620 via Boulder Lane—is one of five areas in the city that is slated to receive a new fire station in the coming years that will help firefighters respond quicker to calls.
“It’s not the geographic distance that’s the problem; it’s the traffic they run into every time with a fire truck,” said Randy Lawson, a member of the Canyon Creek homeowners association board.
“Even with the sirens on, [a fire truck] goes onto 620, particularly at the peak hours day, there’s just no place to go.”10 July 2018, 08:03
Source: NewsTalk Texas RSS
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