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Fire and Rescue to expand to include all Bradley Co. residents

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Source: Times Free Press Source: Times Free Press

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Bradley County Fire and Rescue will expand to cover all Bradley County residents who live outside the Cleveland city limits starting July 1.

Until now, Bradley County has covered citizens within a 5 mile fringe outside of the city limits and rural areas were covered by the county's combination fire department consisting of paid staff and volunteers.

On June 30, the contract with the city will expire and the lease payments will be used to fund the expansion of the department.

The first phase of the expansion is the construction of three new county stations. When completed, the BCFR will have 13 fire halls and one training center. Five of the stations will be staffed 24/7.

The remaining eight stations will be manned by volunteers.

The 3 new stations are located on Minnis Road across from Park View Elementary School, Dalton Pike on the old Waterville School property, and on 60 Highway adjacent to Hopewell Elementary.

Officials say the goal is to have an average response time of five to seven minutes.

The new fire stations will also double as safe houses.

With the construction of the new stations comes the addition of three new tankers as well.

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