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Wilson County Adds Additional Fire Stations

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LEBANON, Tenn. -- First responders will tell you time is critical when heading to emergencies. That's why Wilson County officials have agreed on plans to build three new fire stations in the area.

Groundbreaking on WEMA Station No. 9 got underway Friday, located in Lebanon on Hunters Point Pike and Rutledge Lane.

"We went to the commission and asked their permission on this next school bond issue that we would borrow an extra $3 million on this side north of Lebanon, south of Lebanon and one in Norene," said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto.

Emergency officials say adding these new sites could reduce response times by four to six minutes.

"It can be a matter of life or death or a matter of how much property you lose. Do we lose 25 percent of the house or do we lose 80 percent of the house?" said WEMA Director John Jewell.

Construction on first of the three stations is expected to be done by June or July. It will be 7400 square feet, house three fire trucks and staff four people.

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