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Williston continues to grow, which affects the fire department. The city is looking to add another fire hall to help overcrowding and response time.

The Williston fire department is currently by Cash Wise. It used to be near the main part of town, but now city limits span out north to Love's Truck Stop.

“When it comes to fire or EMS with the type of construction and furnishing that you have in buildings now, they tend to burn faster, hotter and quicker," says Fire Department Capt. Andrew Sailer. 

Fire Chief Jason Catrambone says their response time is still pretty good. They would like to improve on it, which would probably require another fire hall being built.

“We're shooting for our next one to be up north,” says Catrambone. “This one will spread out our apparatus. Both fire and EMS to give better coverage for the whole city.”

Catrambone says they would like to have it around three miles north of the current one. They did some mapping of their past calls and decided it would be the best location.

“I think the needs been here since I've been here. I know there's logistics the city has to deal with. As a need, I think the actual in it of itself. It's been here since I've been here," he says.

Space is also an issue because they can't fit anymore apparatus or ambulances in the current station. When the new one is built, they will have more space for equipment and firefighters.

“We can bring them in and train them,” says Catrambone. “It's not the same as hiring a paramedic or an EMT that's already been through a lot of classes. We shouldn't have much issue trying to find some firefighters when we're ready.”

Sailer says if the city keeps growing it might have to add a third or a four fire hall to keep up.

 

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