Ask the editor: What factors necessitate more first responders in a given area?


Our February issue contains a couple of stories that touch on a topic of growing concern in western Travis County.

Policymakers and other leaders throughout the metro area are evaluating which areas show the most need for more first responders.

Inside (see Page 17) is a story about the Austin Fire Department holding an open house in the Loop 360 and Davenport area of Northwest Austin. Following Austin City Council’s allocation of several million dollars for underserved areas, AFD officials spoke with residents about what location might best house a new station.

Another story (see Page 35) breaks down a May county election regarding the addition of an emergency services district that would service certain parts of Lakeway and adjacent neighborhoods.

Not all western Travis County areas need more first responders, but as more people move here, the topic comes more to the forefront. Look for a thorough examination of the issue in the March Lake Travis-Westlake edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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