Response times are expected to improve by 90 seconds now that a new fire station is open and operating at Hill Air Force Base. Ninety seconds may not sound like much, but it is a long time “when lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in aircraft and equipment are endangered,” according to Micah Garbarino of the 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs. The new 16-bay facility has space for newer, larger response vehicles, Garbarino indicated. It will house 45 firefighters who will live and work there, according to fire prevention Chief Jeff Beck, and includes a giant kitchen, gym, recreation room and laundry room. “The base originally requested a new station in 1997,” said Beck. Three years ago, the old facility “was deemed unsound,” according to the Air Force.