We received the following update from Alder Demarb:

“Fire Station 14 – to be located in SE Madison at Femrite and Dairy Dr has been included in the 2018 Capital Budget. I am very excited to have the station in the budget. Fire and Emergency Medical assistance is a basic service the City provides to Madison residents. In all other parts of the City response time for these City services are consistently at 5 minutes – whereas South of and around the Beltline wait for up to 15 minutes. We know folks who suffer a heart attack generally do not recover after 7-8 minutes and folks who are not breathing (if they survive) have brain damage in the same or less time. Over the past 3 years I have fought to have this station included in the Capital Budget. I am relieved the Mayor did not remove it this year. This is step one – the Council still needs to deliberate and approve a budget. Over the past 3 years my colleagues have shown consistent support. My thanks goes out to all residents and colleagues who have supported Fire Station 14.
Denise DeMarb
Alder District 16
608-358-3195 “

When asked what else neighbors could do to help support the new fire station, Alder Demarb responded:

“Come say thank you to the Mayor for including it and let folks know how important the station both fire and EMS is to your neighborhoods. Any personal stories are good. I’m feeling good but we are not there yet – the budget needs to be approved. This is the Capital budget – the building. The operating budget has yet to be presented. We need to hire personnel in 2018 for training so staffing for the station can happen by the end of 2018 when the station is complete. At this point I don’t know what the Mayor has in the operating budget. The capital budget is before the finance committee next week Monday and Tuesday. I don’t have a schedule yet, but I have asked for one and let you know which night fire is in the agenda.
Denise DeMarb
Alder District 16
608-358-3195 “