The Abilene Fire Department proposes new fire stations


ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Fire Department presented their bond proposals in front of the advisory bond committee Wednesday. Their top priority: replacing old fire stations.

Fire stations three, four and seven are all over 50 years old and they have some alarming issues.

"We are having some major issues with these stations," Fire Chief Ken Dozier said, "plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning are some concerns. We are also seeing structural concerns."

It has been reported that fire station 3 still contains potentially toxic asbestos insulation.

"We are going to have to replace these stations when they get to the point that they are non-functional," Chief Dozier said.

Fire station four was knocked offline during the recent hailstorm, and the improvements proposed by the bond are necessary to avoid another situation like that.

"That is just an example of why having new modern functional stations in these areas of town benefit the community," Dozier said, "because it assures that we have a fire company and station available for rapid fire or medical response."

The proposals for the station replacement is estimated to cost $2.6 million for each station.

The committee also heard from Abilene regional airport director Don Green who asked for upgrades and improvements he would like to see implemented -- the airport proposals totaled $14.6 million.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for August 20th at 2p.m.