JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — Just a little more than a year after its groundbreaking, the staff at the new Burnet Central Fire Station have settled in.
“It’s going great, better than I could have expected,” said Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram.
The new station, 2002 U.S. 281 South, features individual bedrooms, drive-through bays, a classroom, offices, a kitchen and a lounge area.
The $2.2 million station on the south side of Burnet isn’t just an upgrade for the department. Insurance rates, determined by ISO ratings, will be affected.
“One of the advantages was that we were able to cut down on some response times that were longer than what ISO accepts,” Ingram said. “Fire and EMS have cut response times down on both.”
The Burnet Fire Department shared facilities with the volunteer department at the previous station.
“We had outgrown it. They had outgrown it. Both of us in there together, it was way too small,” Ingram said.
With the new station, Ingram said the relationship between the city department and the volunteers will continue.
“We have a good working relationship. It’s going to get better now that we’re not on top of each other in that one building,” he said.
Ingram said the volunteers will continue to help as needed in the city and the extraterritorial jurisdiction. In turn, the city department assists the volunteer department in the Emergency Service District 7.
Fully staffed, Ingram said the department will have six people at the new station, two at the previous station and two in Bertram.