Southwest Florida is exploding in population, which means we need more resources to keep people safe.
With that in mind, a new fire station is being built in Fort Myers along Six Mile Cypress Parkway, just south of Colonial Boulevard.
Citywide call volume for fire services in this area has seen a double-digit percentage increase from last year, and the fire marshal estimates there are roughly 4,500 new homes in the corridor south of Colonial at Six Mile, so this project is something the City of Fort Myers says is very much needed.
With the completion of Station 17, response times for emergency responders will be much quicker, from 4 to 6 minutes compared to the 9 to 14 minutes it takes now.
Residents are happy to hear it.
“It makes you feel much safer. And if the town can afford it, it’s a great idea. It only saves lives, it’s only a good thing,” said George Saperstein.
“I’m glad that the response time would be a lot quicker because obviously your belongings, yourself, pets. You want them to be safe,” said Miranda Wootton.
Construction on Station 17 is set to complete by Spring 2022.