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The Davidson Fire Department is experiencing a shortage in staff and is outgrowing their current facility. The town and the department are gearing toward making improvements.

With 25 volunteers and 28 part-time staff members, the Davidson Fire Department meets their demand. But fire chief Darin McIntosh says there's room for improvement, according to an analysis released by the Int'l City Manager's Association.

"We run about a thousand calls per year. It's very close to half and half with EMS first response and fire related incidents,” he said.

Town manager Leamon Brice can list the recommendations: expanding staff, new engines, and housing the firefighters at the station. They are currently housed at an apartment, a few hundred feet away. He says the town is prioritizing the suggestions on level of importance.

“I think the first would be to work on the sleeping quarters issue and get folks closer to the station. The second would be looking at our contracts and see how we're working with our neighbors and how we might work with them to provide better service for both them and us,” Brice said.

The issue now is, where will the money come from, for these improvements? Once the funding is there, Brice is confident that this station will match the growth of the community.

“We’re anxious to get started. Some of these things they let us know early on in the study. We're looking at alternatives to providing the sleeping quarters,” he said.

Both Brice and McIntosh can agree that finding funding will be challenging. But when it comes to saving someone’s life, you can’t put a price on that.

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