Nixa Fire Protection District is seeing more 9-1-1 calls and more people, in general. That's why the Nixa Fire Protection District wants more money to deal with the growing population.
A $2.5 million bond issue will be on the Nixa ballot in November after a vote by the district's board on Tuesday.
Jean Kahle had to call 9-1-1 on Thursday night.
"She was not conscious at all, and I have supplies to help her with, because I take care of her with her diabetic seizures, but she was incoherent," said Kahle.
Nixa firefighters were among the emergency responders who came to her daughter's aid.
"They were definitely all very, very helpful," said Kahle.
Kahle is thrilled to see that the Nixa Fire Protection District hopes to build a fifth fire station just across the road, at Highway AA at North Nicholas Road.
"I think it would be awfully nice, if my smoke alarm goes out or something, they'll be right here to help me, which they do anyway," Kahle said.
"That northern part of our district is where we're really needed. And this will also relieve some of that call volume from our main station in the heart of Nixa, so they can stay located there without having to have those long response times," said Nixa assistant fire chief Whitney Weaver.
Weaver says Nixa's 56 percent population growth in the last 10 years and a similar rise in 9-1-1 calls make more resources necessary.
The district would also like to upgrade from its more than 20-year-old ladder truck.
"It'll actually provide service for not only our district, but we have the only ladder truck in the county," Weaver said.
The new ladder truck would include longer ground ladders, to reach taller homes and buildings in the fire district.
"We have some homes that are over 6,000 square feet and three to four stories on the back, and when it comes to life safety and rescuing those occupants, we didn't have the ground ladders," said Weaver.
Weaver hopes Nixa voters will understand the need.
"We're really just trying to keep up with that growth," said Weaver.
For the owners of $100,000 homes, the bond issue would add about $15 a year to their property taxes. The bond issue goes on the ballot Nov. 4.