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New Fire Station Cuts Response Time by 30 Minutes

UMBARGER, TEXAS - The safety of people living in Randall county will greatly improve according to their fire chief. A new fire station in Umbarger will cut response times by up to 30 minutes for rural parts of the county.

This is the town's current fire station -- it's less than 1200 square feet.

Their current building is actually so small, their water tanker won't fit inside -- which means they can't keep it filled up with water because it will freeze. So they have to spend 30 minutes filling it up before they head out to any fires.

But when the new station opens in January, it will be more than 6,000 square feet --- meaning they can keep the tanker inside and even have room to build sleeping quarters on-site for the firefighters.

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