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UPDATE

Austin Neighborhoods Council” Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of Austin Fire Department's focus on needed fire stations to assist with our current and growing needs for that infrastructure.

-Letter to City Council from ANC "Austin Neighborhood Council" (Click to read)

-Austin Neighborhoods Council Executive Committee Resolution Concerning Austin Fire Dept. Response Time and New Fire Station    Construction (Click to read)

Delayed Fire Response Time Resolution

The city has a long accepted standard: a fire response arrival within eight minutes of a call, 90% of the time. Yet, the City of Austin only meets this goal approximately 20% of the time.


Since 2012 the city has known we need six fire stations in the most under served areas, mostly in East, South and West of the city center.  Only one has been funded (by bond election) and it hasn’t even been put out for bid yet.

According to a Fire Service Delivery Analysis  conducted by  the city and the Austin Firefighters Association, Austin neighborhoods are in critical need of five additional stations in the following general areas:
            Loop 360      

            Travis Country

            Canyon Creek 

​            Goodnight Ranch

​            Moore’s Crossing / Berdoll Farms  

 Austin City Council agrees with this assessment and passed a resolution directing the City Manager to explore costs and payment options in a report due out soon.

There are options that can get these built cheaper, better and faster than the typical way fund these infrastructure needs. There are public private partnerships that other city’s engage in with great success that could be mirrored here.

If you and your neighbors are in these areas the time is NOW to let your city council member, the mayor and city manager know that you want them to take this need seriously and explore options to get these built and in service sooner rather than later.

 Click here to email your City of Austin Mayor and City Council


Austin City Council agrees with this assessment and passed a resolution directing the City Manager to explore costs and payment options in a report due out soon.

There are options to build new fire stations cheaper, better and faster than through the typical bond funding normally used for these infrastructure needs. Other cities utilize public private partnerships with great success, faster turnaround time, and lower cost to the taxpayers, and Austin should as well.

The city of Austin has seen massive growth and annexation over the last fifteen years.  Similar if not faster growth is projected for the next fifteen years. This creates serious challenges for our public safety infrastructure.  New developments don’t usually come with fire stations or even the sort of connectivity necessary to keep response times within an acceptable range. 
Action is needed now to address this deficiency now. 

Thank you for your support.