Fayette County

Lexington fire department will develop priority list for city's 23 fire stations, other facilities

Lexington fire officials will develop a list of maintenance and construction priorities for the city's 23 fire stations, fire headquarters and other buildings.

An independent consultant's report by Public Safety Solutions Inc. released this week recommends the city consider consolidating two downtown stations into one and possibly moving two other fire stations. The report — presented at the Urban County Council's work session on Tuesday — also recommended fire administration and fire investigations be moved because of conditions at their current buildings.

Assistant Fire Chief Harold Hoskins said after the meeting that the fire department will look at the recommendations and hopefully return to the council with a list of priorities. That list will likely take several months to develop, Hoskins said.

"It's going to come down to funding," Hoskins said.

The $70,000 study is the first independent analysis of fire station locations. The study looked at response times and population growth.

One of the key findings showed that two downtown stations — one at 246 West Jefferson Street; the other at 370 Merino Street — should be combined. The city owns land adjacent to the Jefferson Street station and could move the Merino unit there.

In addition, the report recommends moving fire station 7 at 3315 Tates Creek Road a little more than a half-mile to Tates Creek Road and Windermere Road. Fire Station 10 at 1128 Finney Drive should move to Newtown Pike north of New Circle Road, the report says. The report also backs up the city's decision to relocate fire station number 2 from 415 East New Circle Road to Eastland and Murray drives.

The report also concurs with the city's decision to build a new fire station in the Masterson Station Park area.