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With silver shovels in hand, emergency responders and elected officials split the dirt in a groundbreaking ceremony for Sedgwick County Fire Station No. 36.
A plot of land covered in dirt and rocks will soon be a $1.6 million facility that can respond out for 310 miles for a structure fire.
"By doing that, we're going to be able to serve Oaklawn in a timely manner, we're going to be able to serve the residents of Derby in a timely manner, and we're also going to be up there for Spirit and McConnell, should they need us," said county commissioner Jim Skelton.
Skelton said the facility, located just south of 47th Street on Oliver, will provide "rapid" response to homes and businesses. He said the intent is to maximize the coverage area of fire stations with the minimum number of facilities to produce a cohesive team unit.
With a newer facility on Rock Road in Derby, the strategy was to build a new station further west.
"It's a factor of their quality of life. That's what we're here for - to improve people's quality of life, to develop the economy and to make this a safe place to live," Skelton said.
Wichita Fire Department Deputy Chief Tammy Snow said the city's mutual aid agreement with the county will provide better care for residents in the area.
"I think we can provide better public service to the immediate community around here," Snow said. "It's close to our city's fire stations - the 22s and 11s and so forths - I think the community is going to see a lot faster response times to their emergency needs."