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New fire station breaks ground in Santa Rita Ranch

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The Santa Rita Ranch development off north Ronald Reagan Boulevard will be the site of Liberty Hill’s second fire station, anticipating an increased need for emergency services along the fast-growing corridor.

Currently only one fire station serves Liberty Hill and it is located inside the city limits. The new station will be in an area served, in part, by the Georgetown Independent School district but located with easy access to Leander’s growing retail and services sectors. The location, at 22799 Ronald W. Reagan Boulevard, is inside Williamson County’s Emergency Services District No. 4.

“The Ronald Reagan Corridor has long been a targeted area for the second station for WCESD No. 4 even as far back as 2006,” said Liberty Hill Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln. “Once the Santa Rita Ranch project began to materialize, we began talks with them to see how we could partner to make the dream of the second station become a reality. Looking at potential station sites, we were trying to locate this station in an area that would provide initial coverage to as many people as we could.”

The new fire station, expected to be operational by February 2019, is expected to decrease a response time of eight to 10 minutes to three to six minutes as well as improve apparatus and staff availability.

“The Ronald Reagan Boulevard Corridor has seen booming home sales, particularly in Santa Rita Ranch,” said Santa Rita Ranch developer Ed Horne. “When it comes to emergencies, every second counts, so we are very pleased that WCESD is being so proactive. The new station will ensure that our residents will get the emergency services they need, when they need it.”

The $4.6 million station is planned to have at least two large bays and house at least one engine and one squad fire apparatus in its 7,800 square feet.

Horne said an additional benefit of the station being located within Santa Rita Ranch will be the effect it has on residents’ homeowners insurance.

“Homeowners insurance is typically rated by Insurance Service Office, or ISO,” Horne said. “The ISO uses a classification system of 1 to 10 to determine the price of fire insurance in a community. Part of that rating comes from whether a homeowner lives within five driving miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a hydrant. The new station is expected to move taxpayers’ Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating from a 10 to a 4, which is a huge advantage.” 

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