LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin is breaking ground on what will be the largest fire station in the city.
City officials plan to combine the Atkinson Drive and Downtown stations in the new facility.
In February 2010 the Atkinson station was shut down, although it still houses an off-duty med unit.
Some equipment is too large to be stored in the Central station, but battalion chiefs will continue to use the building and the city will use it for educational purposes.
"I think it's very important to our fire department to be able to have the proper facilities to respond and serve the community and the location will allow us to have a lot better response time to cover the entire community," said Paul Parker, Lufkin City Manager.
Parker says the fire changes could also help lower insurance rates for city residents.
The 1.2 million dollar station off Lufkin avenue should be completed by the end of the year.