The following article was acquired from the Gilroy Dispatch website and was written by Erik Chalhoub.
Westside city fire station project advances
Gilroy’s long-awaited fourth fire station took one step closer to reality Dec. 2, when the Gilroy City Council approved revised plans for the facility on the southwestern portion of the city.
According to a study by Citygate Associates, the total response time in the Santa Teresa area from the initial 9-1-1 call to the first units arriving on-scene is just under 11 minutes, compared to the average eight- to nine-minute response time in other areas of the city. However, these numbers are still below the ideal seven-minute and 30-second time as outlined in the study.
“We believe that when the city finally has four fire stations, that’s a very achievable goal,” said Interim Fire Chief Jeff Clet.
Still, the city’s three fire stations, with three firefighters on duty at all times, coupled with the Santa Clara County Fire station at Gilroy Gardens, fall short of what is needed in the city, according to Stewart Gary, public safety principal with Citygate.
“You’ve grown beyond your current fire station coverage,” he told the council during a Nov. 25 meeting. “The city is too large to serve from three fire stations.”