AZLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Danny Callaway isn’t afraid to speak out. He says his two sons are fighting for that right. “My son Paul is in the Air Force,” he says “My son Floyd is in the Army.”
Callaway is fighting to keep a proposed fire station out of his neighborhood in Azle. “It’s going to be noisy for us having to listen to it 7 days a week,” says Callaway “They have water trucks that run up and down the street.”
The City of Azle wants the new fire station near Azle Jr. High School and near Callaway’s neighborhood.
The project costs $3.8 million and will house the departments’ administration and emergency management as well.
“Anywhere we can store something we store it,” shows Chief Will Scott with Azle Fire Department. He says space at the old station is cramped with 17 full time paid staff members.
With only one bathroom and firefighters sleeping anywhere they can he says it’s time to move. “We can’t grow our fire department,” says Chief Scott “It’s quicker response times when someone is in need and time is of essence. We do get a significant number of calls in that area.”
CBS 11 checked with other neighborhoods with a fire station in them. Fire station 15 in the 3100 block of Azle Avenue in Fort Worth has been around for decades.
Homeowners around there say the fire department has been a good neighbor. “We need the fire station it is right here next to the school,” says Patricia Morales who lives just around the corner from the station.
Callaway says he fears it may be too late. He’s making sure he’s heard. “Don’t think it will do any good at least we are trying,” says Callaway.
Chief Scott says there will be a hundred foot green space in between the fire station and the neighborhood on one side and on the other there will be a 75 foot buffer.
He also says the department wouldenforce a policy where the lights and sirens aren’t turned on until the fire crews meet up with traffic or hit a major roadway.
Late Tuesday the city voted to approve building the new station. There is no word on when construction will begin.