Cove fire department sees staffing shortage

COPPERAS COVE, Texas - A Central Texas fire department is hoping an expansion project will tackle it's staffing shortage.

Copperas Cove's Fire Station #3 was built in 2001, and was originally constructed to house two firefighters. But with an increased number of calls, there is a need for more space.

If two firefighters on duty, this means only one fire truck can be used at a time. This often causes delayed responses. 

"The time that it's going to take is going to be longer than if this fire truck sitting right behind me was able to respond to the call that's nearby," says Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young.

This Cove crew needs more hands on deck - but before they can get that, they need a bigger station. 

"The square footage of the building is just not quite large enough to accommodate the extra people," Young says.

The Copperas Cove Fire Department is asking city leaders to budget $2 million toward a proposed renovation and expansion project.  

"That would expand the footprint of this station and provide a larger living area," Young says. "That would provide a larger apparatus bay by expanding the current facilities." 

Expansion would also allow for fire officials to hire more people. 

"We are requesting to hire an additional six personnel, which would equate to three supervisors and three firefighters. That would equate to two per shift," Young says.

This, in turn, would better serve the community. 

"17 years has passed since we built this station. We need to be able to keep up with the expansion of this community," Young says.

Copperas Cove fire officials are currently in the first stages of their budget proposal. The City Council is expected to consider it in the fall. If city leaders approve the proposal, fire officials say they are confident they will not have any problems hiring. 


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