GREENVILLE, S.C. — An Upstate fire department says it’s losing precious time when responding to emergencies.
Greenville Fire Chief Stephen Kovalcik is asking the city to pay for a seventh fire station to put in the Woodruff Road/Verdae area. The national standard response time for fire crews is four minutes or less 90 percent of the time. Kovalcic says only two of Greenville’s six stations are meeting that benchmark.
He said sometimes it takes up to nine minutes for his crews to get to emergencies. “Not having resources out there that we need is having a negative impact on the entire city,” said Kovalcik. That’s why this year, like last year, he is proposing putting a seventh station on the east side.