In the event of a fire, the city of Williston is nearly equipped to respond more quickly.
A new fire substation on the northern side of the city is close to completion.
Brooke Williams took a look inside at the new five and a half million dollar facility.
(Brooke Williams, KX News) Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone has been a busy man this days-
overseeing the renovation of the current fire station, the construction of a new one, and the final stages of this-Williston’s new substation.
With an increase in Williston’s population in recent years, the fire department has seen an increase in demand.
(Jason Catrambone, Williston Fire Chief) “Since 2010, the numbers have been going up. What we’ve seen this year, I think the best example is we have not changed much compared to last year. We are within a couple of calls of last year’s numbers to date, still averaging 7-8 calls per day. Last month we ran just over 245 calls.”
(Williams) And the new substation will help firefighters answer the call.
The training tower will be the site of drills- like breaking through barred doors or feeling the way through a darkened room in simulated rescue attempts.
And with the substation mere weeks from completion, the focus will be on training.
(Catrambone) “One thing we’re really proud of is we’ll be holding our first recruit academy starting the middle of this month. That’ll have 7 members going through it, new employees, and basically we’re training them from no experience all the way up to firefighter/EMT.”
(Williams) While the new substation can be described as state of the art, its main purpose, says Catrambone, is to cut response times and save lives.
In Williston, Brooke Williams, KXNews.
The substation is expected to be fully operational within the next week and a half.