Richland construction forces fire station to adapt
RICHLAND, Wash.-- Station 72 in Richland says the city is giving them daily updates on the construction on Gage Blvd. between Leslie Rd. and Penny Royal Rd. But construction is still expected to last through next week, forcing the station to change dispatch plans.
Station 72 is on the corner of Gage and Keene roads. Normally they would use the front entrance for dispatching vehicles and drive on Gage Rd.
But construction is forcing them to use the back entrance. That means they have to play musical chairs with all of their trucks in order to respond to calls. The station says the headache is leaving them frustrated.
"We're here to serve the public and we want to give them the best response times that are possible," said Capt. Brenda Rodgers. "We're delayed because of those so its more frustration than an inconvenience because we can deal with the inconvenience its more of our response times to get to the emergency."
The station is also worried for the rising temperatures this week as they also respond to brush fires and they have to move their ambulance before they can send out their brush fire truck. That has already led the station to respond late to calls.