SPOKANE, Wash.—City of Spokane officials announced that it would add more firefighters to a station on the South Hill.
City officials said they were able to save money across the fire department in order for it to hire more firefighters at fire station nine.
Leaders said the station already had a good response time but said with the addition of firefighters, fire crews could respond to all calls.
In the past, crews were not able to enter buildings because they did not have a large enough team, according to officials.
"Even though this was a smaller area that had pretty good coverage, we really needed to have firefighting capabilities here,” said Fire Chief Bobby Williams with the Spokane Fire Department.
The City had used other stations to respond to fires in the area station nine covered. Crews at the station were still capable of responding to medical calls. Medical calls made up the majority of the 1,100 calls that the station received in 2013.
"What you're seeing here is a very dynamic firefighting and emergency services agency respond to current needs and really push the envelope with innovation,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon.
City leaders expected that the new team at station nine would continue to improve their ability to keep the community safe. The station had four new firefighters starting on Tuesday.