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Iowa City breaks ground for Fire Station No. 4

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - City and state officials gathered to kick off construction on Fire Station No. 4, which is an idea decades in the making.

The project will receive $2.2 million through Governor Chet Culver's I-JOBS initiative. When complete, the station will be home to nine new full-time firefighters.

Iowa City Fire Chief Andrew Rocca says it will significantly improve response times to emergencies in eastern Iowa City.

"We've had a discussion in the community for nearly 30 years about Fire Station 4," said Rocca at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony. "As we evaluated our emergency response times to this area, we found that we took 8 and sometimes 10 minutes responding to this area of the city."

Though the groundbreaking was held Wednesday morning, actual construction is expected to begin next March, and take about one year. Chief Rocca and Mayor Regenia Bailey say the station will cut response times to northeast Iowa City to between 4 to 6 minutes, which is what fire crews usually shoot for. Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge says the project will create around 80 new construction and engineering jobs.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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