Fourth Iowa City Fire Station Nearly Cuts Response Times In Half

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

Fire engines at Iowa City Fire Department Station 4, 2008 Dubuque Road, Iowa City, on the city's northeast side on Thursday, May 3, 2012. (Matt Nelson/The Gazette - KCRG-TV9)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — A recently completed fourth fire station in Iowa City has drastically cut down on response times to the northeast side of town. Fire station no. 4 opened last October, along North Dubuque Road near Dodge Street.

“At Iowa City Fire we have a goal of getting our first unit on the scene in six minutes or less, 90 percent of the time,” said Fire Chief Andy Rocca. Rocca said firefighters at station no. 4 have an average response time of four minutes or less. “Fire Station no. 4 is having a dramatic and very positive impact on our ability to provide fire protection services to the community,” Rocca said.

The station is located less than a mile from the Dodge St. entrance ramp to Interstate 80, making it a valuable new addition for thousands of drivers, Rocca said.

Station no. 4 is expected to handle about 10 percent of all fire calls. According to data from all of 2011, the station responded to roughly 90 of 6,400 calls during three months of operation. Rocca said he expects crews to handle about one call per day.

“I’ve never heard it,” said Kelly Larson, who lives near station no. 4. “It certainly doesn’t wake me up in my sleep, which is what we were kind of worried about.”

The fire station is expected to play a role in promoting development in the area.

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