HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) - Plans are rolling forward on how the city’s fire department can best serve the people who live there.
The possibility of consolidating aging stations number one and two seems to be no longer viable.
Henderson’s fire station number one sits at the busy and congested intersection of Green and Washington. It’s 50-years-old and has challenges, including plumbing and other waste issues.
The Henderson Fire Department currently has an ISO rating of two, with one being the and 10 being the worst.
Chief Scott Foreman says part of that good rating was moving the ladder truck back to station one.
Last spring, the historic second street church was torn down. The idea was to build a central fire station in its place, which would consolidate stations one and two, which is also aging and has its own plumbing problems and traffic concerns.
“It sits on a one-way highway so there’s time we’ll take on on-coming traffic, we just have to gauge the call. but it opens up a lot of risks and hazards by doing that," said Chief Foreman.
After reviewing many studies and data, along with the continued growth of the city, Chief Foreman believes reducing the number of stations to three is not in the city’s best interest.
But instead, likely rebuilding each of the existing.
“we need a plan, and we need to do it right," said Chief Foreman.
Chief Foreman also says there are three fire engines that are 20-years-old and needs to be replaced in the coming years.
The department’s average response time in 2018 was three minutes and 59 seconds.