Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why do we need full-time fire-fighters? Can’t volunteers do the job?
A. Volunteers provide support throughout town but they are not available for 24/7 shifts. They come from their homes or jobs, so they take longer to respond. Paid firefighters are in the stations and on duty at all times.
Q. Why can’t we use the Round Hill station?
A. The property is too small (only .7 acre) and has poor road access to other parts of northwest Greenwich. The location is not ideal for improved response time to the King Street area.
Q. Will the plan for the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company fix the problem?
A. No. It will bring the building up to code so volunteers can work there safely, but it will not improve response times to emergencies.
Q. Why can’t we use 1327 King Street, which the Town bought in 2005?
A. The size of the property is too small to support Fire and GEMS, which is now using it.
Q. King Street is on the far west side of the area. Wouldn’t a more central location be better?
A. King Street has better access to more people and structures than any other road in the area.
Q. Don’t schools and nursing homes have sprinkler systems?
A. Yes, but fires often start in areas without sprinklers and then spread to inhabited spaces. Children and bedbound patients must be evacuated in short order.
Q. Is it true that no one has died in a fire in northwest Greenwich?
A. The town has had two fire fatalities in the last 12 years, neither one in northwest Greenwich. Northwest Greenwich is growing and has more structures and more people than ever before. It needs the same fire protection as other parts of town. Our goal is to prevent loss of life everywhere.
Q. What are the other types of calls, and how does this compare town-wide?
A. The Northwest station would have call types and volume similar to the North Street station. North Street had 953 incidents last year: alarms, fires, rescues, motor vehicle accidents, Haz Mat, Carbon Monoxide, animal rescue, weather related, and general service calls.
Q. What will be the total cost if a new station is built and staffed?
A. Costs for land acquisition and construction were estimated to be about $8 million two years ago. We have no new estimates. After that, the annual costs would be similar to those in all other stations except Central.
Q. Would a new Northwest station benefit residents and stations in other parts of town?
A. Yes, in two ways.
- Everyone in northwest Greenwich – Brunswick and Sacred Heart students and teachers, patients and caregivers at three nursing homes, office workers, and members of five churches, two country clubs, and the public golf course – all would be safer.
- Second, the people in neighboring areas wouldn’t lose coverage when their stations respond to northwest Greenwich. Instead, the new station could help them in emergencies.
Q. What if we don’t build a new station for northwest Greenwich?
A. All the people and properties will still be at greater risk than anywhere else in Greenwich.
Q. What can a citizen do?
A. Go to www.NWFireStation.org and sign the petition. Find and talk to your RTM representatives.