CARTHAGE, MO.--- The city of Carthage moves forward with plans to build a second fire station. Earlier this week, city council members accepted a donation of nearly three acres of property on the south end of Carthage. That site will be the location for a new sub-station. The fire chief says their next phase is to solicit proposals for architect and engineering services. The department received more than 1,600 calls for service last year, which is a large number for one station's response.
"Although Carthage isn't a real big city, you're talking about saving several minutes in our response time by having a fire station on the south side of town. We've realized that our growth is to the south as well as our call volume," said Christopher Thompson, Carthage Fire Chief.
Money collected from the city's fire sales tax will fund the building of the new station.