The city of Yuma broke ground last week on a new fire station that will service the eastern side of town to address an increasing number of emergency calls in a rapidly growing area. It will be the city's first fire station built in a new location in more than 15 years.
The 9,500-square foot, 2-bay fire station will be the city’s seventh fire station to help service an increased number of calls on the eastern boundary of the city. It will be located at 3293 S. Avenue 8-1/2E in the city of Yuma.
At the groundbreaking ceremony on March 6, Fields said calls in that area increased by 77% over the last three years.
Data from the city recorded an increase in calls from 484 calls in 2020 to 1,090 in 2022 with response times ranging from 9 to 10 minutes with the closest station to the area about 3.5 miles away.