As bright, shiny fire trucks and hardworking firefighters enter and exit Station 9 on 34th and Western in Amarillo, their home continues to age – about 60 years, to be exact.
"It's very outdated. Our guys need a new station,” said Capt. Larry Davis with the Amarillo Fire Department.
"Paramount's a fairly big street so it's going to give us access,” said Davis. “We feel that's going to be a better location for us."
"Being that we do live here for 24 hours at a time, this is where we eat, sleep, this is pretty much where we're at when we're not out on calls,” said John Sappington, a firefighter with AFD’s Station 9.
"With recent studies that we've done, we show that we would better serve our citizens if we move that station a little bit north,” said Davis.
"Newer looks better for the community. I think it makes the department look better as a whole,” said Sappington. "It could increase our response time, as well as interaction within the community."
"Over time, things change in the fire service,” said Davis. “A lot of these old stations, they're still pretty small stations. We actually have trucks that will not fit in Station Nine right now."
The city council is set to hear the matter during Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall.