BEND, OR -- Bend Fire is finalizing plans for a new station on NE 15th, just south of the Bend Police Department. Battalion Chief Dave Howe says the new firehouse is needed to reduce response times. Currently, Bend's fire stations are about four miles apart, which Howe says is farther than it may seem when navigating the central part of the city, "If one station goes out on a fire, the other station crews come in and help them; and it’s a long way. For some of those places that we go, it’s a long way for help to come. So, with the new Central Station, it kind of fills a hole. It’ll only be a couple of miles from two stations." He tells KBND News, "We moved out of the central city because the traffic was really hard to get through to get out. So, putting this one station kind of right in the center of the city, right by Pilot Butte, it’s going to fill that that we’ve had for a long time."