The city feels this new station is needed to reduce response time since the Panhandle area is currently served by Fire Station No. 51, on Spalding Drive at Roberts Road, with support from Engine 55, housed at Roswell’s Fire Station No. 27 on Holcomb Bridge Road. Response time to reach some areas within this district can take as much as 10 to 15 minutes.
“For someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, irreversible brain damage can occur after four to six minutes without proper treatment and death after 10 minutes,” noted information from the city. “An estimated 80% of sudden cardiac arrest incidents occur at home. A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. The chance of injury or death for civilians and firefighters increases alongside the growth of that fire.”