Pasco Fire taking longer for emergency responses

PASCO, Wash. -- KEPR learned the Pasco Fire Department is taking longer to get to you in an emergency.

Last year, Pasco Fire received fewer calls, but the average response time slowed by eight seconds. Firefighters say they face multiple challenges, including the need for an additional fire station, as well as dealing with a dual dispatch system. Officials say until more of the Donut Hole is annexed, response times will continue to be a challenge.

"We don't have people clamoring down the door telling us we need to get there faster," said Chief Bob Gear. "Personally as a fire chief, I would like to see us get there faster; professionally, I know what needs to be done."

Fire staff say it would cost $1 million per year to find a fourth station in the south central area of Pasco.