The Hot Springs Fire Department is seeing greater demand of services in the southern area of town, prompting a need for an additional fire station.
While fire-related calls aren't as common these days, Hot Springs firefighters are still keeping busy with medical calls serving as the bulk of emergencies.
"We're trying to meet the tenets of NFPA 1710. That sets up a response time of approximately 480 seconds for 90 percent of the incidents in those areas and we're beginning to have a problem of meeting those response times criteria in the areas around Hot Springs Mall," said Hot Springs Fire Chief Ed Davis. Davis is working on forming a 10-year investment plan for constructing a sixth fire station in the southern area of Hot Springs.