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Kennewick's Future Fire Stations Needs

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-  The City of Kennewick is growing, but the Fire Chief says the stations aren't growing with it.

Tuesday, council members heard the fire department's $25-million plus needs for future projects from the immediate to the year 2025.

Fire chief Neil Hines says first and foremost, the department needs a station between Edison and Kellogg on West 10th Avenue that will improve emergency response times.

The department suggests teaming up with the Richland Fire Department, who is also adding a new station, so they can share the cost of design plans.

Chief Hines said, "We are really looking at an entire system, not just one fire station. But how to improve the entire response system city wide."

Chief Hines also says the fire station across from City Hall needs to be remodeled and possibly the one near the Justice Center.

Kennewick's City Manager has appointed Blue Ribbon Committee to look into the stations needs and explore funding options.

Chief Hines says the committee will be working on this the next few months and will come up with options to present to the council.