Osceola looking to add third fire station

City looks to add fire station
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - The City of Osceola is working closely with area businesses to get a fire station closer to the industrial side of town.

Mayor Dickie Kennemore said the city currently has two fire stations, but neither of those are in the industrial area.

Steve Purtee, the city's financial director, said they have been coordinating with industries to agree on building a fire station out there.

"The industrial area has been expanding," Purtee said.

"If a station is within a five-mile range, it will reduce insurance rates for those industries," Kennemore said.

Purtee said the project could be costly, but the city will not be responsible for the cost of operation for that particular station.

"The city would basically be neutral with regard to that facility," Purtee said. "It would not be a revenue opportunity nor would it be an expense burden to the city to provide this service."

A contract has not been signed yet.

Purtee told Region 8 News the city has been working with the industry to come up with a budget relative to the project, and the city is working on service agreements with participating industries.

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