The City of Hays will construct a new fire station at 1732 West 41st Street. The total project cost is estimated to be $5.5 M. The project will be funded by the 1/4-cent county sales tax that was approved by voters in 2020 for emergency services. This project will not diminish the amount of funding that the City currently spends on street maintenance, water/sewer line upgrades, park improvements, or any other capital expense.
Why does Hays need another staffed fire station?
The Hays Fire Department’s mission is to protect the lives and economic well-being of the citizens of Hays from the effects of fires, accidents, and related emergencies. As the City of Hays grows, both in population and area, its Fire Department must grow as well. We must ensure that all residents can rest assured that they will have a short response time in an emergency situation. Current response times for fire emergencies is, on average, 4.5 minutes. In order to keep response time lower, the Insurance Services Office (ISO) recommends that there should be a fire station within 1.5 road miles of all areas of the City. With all the development that has occurred in the Northwest portion of town within the last several years, this area is significantly out of the limits from the current fire station at 1507 Main Street.