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Ask NOW: Has moving fire station caused delays for responses to Brookfield Square?

Jim Meadrow, a City of Broofield firefighter from 1965 to 2000, admires the new Fire Station 3 at Greenfield and Calhoun Road during a dedication service on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for the new facility that has been in operation since just before Christmas.

Jim Meadrow, a City of Broofield firefighter from 1965 to 2000, admires the new Fire Station 3 at Greenfield and Calhoun Road during a dedication service on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for the new facility that has been in operation since just before Christmas. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Jan. 14, 2014

Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Rory Linnane answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and helps solve everyday problems.

Is fire service delayed at Brookfield Square?

Question: Responding to a story about expansions planned at Brookfield Square Mall, a reader commented that there has been an ongoing problem with delayed fire service since the station moved farther away in 2009. We asked Brookfield's fire chief.

Answer: It does take firefighters longer to get to Brookfield Square now then it did before the station moved, but Fire Chief Charlie Myers said he hasn't heard any complaints.

The department's former location was extremely convenient for the mall. At 1000 S. Moorland Road, it was just a half-mile away from the mall, 95 N. Moorland Road. But Myers said the response time now is only a couple minutes, and the slightly longer wait hasn't been brought up as an issue by the mall's ownership or any of the occupants.

The Fire Department moved out of the Moorland Road location in December of 2009, and into a new station at the northwest corner of Calhoun Road and Greenfield Avenue, about two miles from the mall. The stations were moved in order to improve response times in the western part of the city.

Myers said most of the calls the department responds to at Brookfield Square are for emergency medical services and car accidents. It also responds to some fire alarms, but he said the department hasn't had to respond to an actual fire at the mall since moving to its new location.

Email Rory Linnane with your question at rlinnane@jrn.com.

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