Greenville Fire-Rescue plans future station along Firetower Rd.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Fire-Rescue is exploring ways to reduce what it considers long travel times to emergencies along Firetower Rd.

Chief Eric Griffin said the time it takes for his fire and rescue personnel to get from the fire station to an emergency in the area is longer than its goal of six to eight minutes.

With the area continuing to grow, Chief Griffin wants to eventually build a station there, but in the meantime, he plans to hire another ambulance crew to roam the area and reduce response times.

“In the short term, we’re looking at peak time response so we’re already in plans of acquiring personnel as well as vehicles that will allow us to be able to provide fire and ems coverage out there,” Chief Griffin said.

The department will also purchase new software to better analyze its data.

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