The Wentzville Fire District broke ground on a new fire station on Peine Road at a special ceremony last week.
The fire district, which currently has just three stations serving 88 square miles, responds to as many as 4,000 calls each year, said Chief Michael Marlo.
With the new station and staff, the district should be able to reduce response time to just six to eight minutes from the current response time of up to 15 minutes.
“And even seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” Marlo said.
The new station, which will be known as Fire Station No. 2, should be completed, staffed, and functional by the fall of 2016.