ST. PETERS, Mo. - A new firehouse in St. Peters opens Thursday that will benefit tens of thousands of people.
A 2009 tax increase paid for the station to move to a better location, where over time the population has increased. Central County Fire Station #2 is located at 109 McMenamy Road in St. Peters. The fire chief says this station will greatly decrease their response time to about 20,000 people and also lend a hand to one certain age group.
It's a quiet area in St. Peters.
"Most of the people are elderly, I'm probably the oldest one," said resident Dotty Frier. She has called this area home for the past seven years and welcomes the new fire station.
"It's comforting to know that they are nearby," she said.
The reason to move Central County Fire Station #2 from Main Street in St. Peters to near Mid Rivers Mall is simple; get better response times for more people.
"Ninety-eight percent of our calls were coming across the interstate, and they were having to go through heavy traffic, so it made sense to move the station where the district has grown," said Fire Chief Russ Mason.
The new station will give 15,000 to 20,000 residents a four minute or less response time. It houses one more firefighter than the old station, plus the battalion chief. The building cost $1.8 million and was paid for by a tax increase in 2009.
This is all good news to Frier, who is 86-years-old and finds herself needing a helping hand. Recently she needed help replacing her batteries in her smoke detectors.
"I wasn't too steady on my ladder," she explained. "Three of them came and they were just so nice."
But, she says there may be one con to the station's new location.
"I hope they don't run their sirens too loud and wake up all those people over there, all those old folks," she said laughing.
The new station will officially be in service Thursday, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.