As more people and businesses find a home in burgeoning Beavercreek Twp., officials are looking to expand public safety services.
A fifth fire station to serve the northeast part of the township is tentatively set to be built in the area of Fairgrounds and Trebein roads.
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Officials are looking to hire an architect to get started on the $2.5 million project, construction for which is expected to start by early spring and be opened by the end of 2018.
Nine new firefighters were brought on board at the beginning of this year, and they will shift from working at Fire Station 61 on Dayton Xenia Road to the soon-to-be-built Fire Station 65, said Beavercreek Twp. Fire Chief David VandenBos.
"By putting a station here — the Conservancy, Spring Ridge, Spring Meadow, Rolling Meadow, Stone Hill Village, Deer Hollow — these areas are all going to be better served," VandenBos said.
Beavercreek Twp. Fire Department serves both the city and the unincorporated areas of the township. That's nearly 50 square miles of land to provide fire protection and EMS services.
The department has a total of 63 firefighters, five chief officers and two full-time and one part-time fire prevention officers.
With the continued growth, especially in residential developments in the township, there are plans to build a sixth firehouse on or near the airport on North Valley Road.
New home construction in the township has been increasing steadily since the Great Recession. In 2016, 101 new homes were built and that number has already been reached this year, according to Ed Amrhein, Beavercreek Twp. planning and zoning administrator.