The Kyle Fire Department held a groundbreaking ceremony for its fourth fire station, located at 110 High Road Nov. 27.

The background

Fire Chief Kyle Taylor said the department had been planning to add an additional station due to the city's growth.

"The demand and our call volume is going up quickly," Taylor said.

Andy Womble, the department's community outreach specialist, said the new station will serve the northeast area of Kyle, which is one of the city's busiest areas.

"Right now it takes us about 10-12 minutes to get to a call out there and with this station we're hoping to drop it down to 2-3 minutes," Womble said.

The details

The new 9,385 square foot facility will cost roughly $7.6 million.

Womble said the fire department was awarded a grant of $3 million from the American Rescue Plan for the new station after Hays County Commissioner Court approval in September 2022.

What else?

The project itself is in partnership with Texas State's Connected Infrastructure for Education, Demonstration and Applied Research, or CIEDAR, which is a new research development marketplace for the university.

"They're [going to] be researching the cancer causing agents around firefighters and what is causing that specifically. They're [going to] be using the wash water from the trucks, the wash water from washing their gear after they come after fires. It'll be really cool," Womble said.

The project is slated to be completed in Dec. 2024.