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Escambia County fire station changes

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  Some changes may be in the works for Escambia County Fire Rescue crews and the people they serve in Century and McDavid.

McDavid Fire Station on the effort that's aimed at improving the  level of service across the North Escambia area.

It's an idea that's currently only in the discussion  stages but change would mean a paid Escambia Fire Rescue crew that's currently assigned to Century could be moving into this fire station in McDavid.

Escambia Fire Rescue fire chief Patrick Grace says he's looked at the numbers and they show a paid crew in McDavid could answer about 60 % more calls. The McDavid fire station located on Highway 29 is more centrally located.

A paid firefighter crew there would be dispatched and able to answer calls in Century, Molino and Walnut Hill during the daytime hours when the availability of volunteers is the lowest.

Volunteer firefighters in those areas would still be dispatched and respond to call in their districts.
Chief Grace says  the daytime paid fire crew in Century has answered 108 calls during the past year, many of which were in Flomaton. If the crew had been stationed in McDavid, they would have been dispatched on over 160 calls across parts of North Escambia- giving tax payers the biggest bang for their buck.

Century mayor Freddie McCall says he feels robbed and left out and believes the potential change would hurt the people of Century. He says he's meeting with his town's fire chief and some commissioners today to discuss his concerns.

But here's how people in McDavid feel about the possible station switch up.
David Steadahm- "I think it's a very good idea. It would be more centrally located from where it's at now and it would benefit more people."

Lee Jernigan-"All of these communities work together as it is and if Century gets a call, Walnut Hill shows up, McDavid shows up so what's the difference? There is no difference."