Closure of fire station near Richmond Industrial Park, Richmond, KY, not expected to impact Class 3 fire insurance rating of the area
By Bill Robinson Register Editor
The Richmond Register Tue July 10, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT
RICHMOND — Richmond plans to close the fire station in its industrial park by Aug. 1.
Interim City Manager Jimmy Howard informed the city commission Tuesday night that he intends to close the station on Enterprise Drive off Duncannon Lane.
The station serves the Richmond Industrial Park, a child care center and the Madison County Extension Center as well as the Arcadian Cove assisted living center, all of which have sprinkler fire-suppression systems. It also provides coverage for in Golden Leaf subdivision and elsewhere.
[GBP Note: the Asahi Bluegrass Forge, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, recently opened in the industrial park. See New Construction in Richmond Industrial Park, Richmond, KY. Also see Child Care Centers Make Sense for Business Parks – Richmond Industrial Park]
It also provides coverage around Exit 83 of Interstate 75, which lies within the city limits.
When the fire station was opened, it did not improve the Class 3 fire -insurance rating of the area, Howard said. And he does not expect the rating to worsen when the station closes.
Howard said he had consulted with Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark, and the county fire station at the US 25/421 junction will be available to answer calls in the area the city fire department has been covering primarily from the Enterprise Drive station.
Howard said he and Mayor Jim Barnes, along with Commissioner Richard Thomas, had visited seven organizations in the Duncannon area on Tuesday, and they understood and accepted the decision. Another seven were to be visited Wednesday (today), he said.