Fire chief: New Logan fire station would strengthen fire service

During his Tuesday State of the City address Logan Mayor Randy Watts said one of his top priorities is a third fire station to be built near the Logan River Golf Course. Logan Fire Chief Mark Meaker said it would strengthen an already strong fire service countywide. “Hopefully we’ll be able to move on it this summer. That will be up to our municipal council. For the last four or five years we’ve been watching very carefully the development occurring on sixth south heading west from tenth west and also off 1800 South and also off 2200 South. “We’ve been watching the population growth, we’ve been watching the call volume growth. We’ve had a 20 percent increase in our call volume in the last three years alone, most of it occurring down in that area.” The chief’s vision of the new station resembles the current one in the Hillcrest area near Utah State University. “This one will probably be a little bit smaller,” he said, “maybe 20 percent smaller. Given its location it would probably be a metal building with decorative facade, similar to Smithfield or Mendon or even in Preston. It’s a very economical way to build.” Meaker said currently there is enough staffing to open a third fire station. “We also have enough apparatus to do it. What we’re talking about is just decentralizing the location of our personnel so that we have a better response time overall.” He said working with the finance department a new staffing methodology has been created. “We’ve come up with a plan to push our daily minimum staffing to 12,” said Meaker, “and once that happens we’ll be positioned to staff all three stations equally, giving us four at Hillcrest, four downtown and four in the new southwest station.” Meaker said a third Logan station would enhance a very strong fire service in Cache County. “It’s due to a very unique entity, which some experts feel should be repeated in every rural county in the country, and that’s the Cache County Fire District,” he said. “They provide an overhead system, with apparatus, training, fire prevention expertise and other services so that the volunteer fire services throughout the county are able to operate at a very high level of professionalism.” Coming to Utah from California, Meaker said it’s one of the most unique things he’s ever seen. “Cache County is very fortunate to have these very professional volunteer fire departments throughout the county and it’s held together with this oversight support unit we call the Cache County Fire District.” He said the new station would add to that because in addition to providing protection to Providence, Logan and River Heights, Logan also covers College Ward and Young Ward.

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