City officials broke ground Tuesday for a new fire station that will serve the northwest quadrant of the city.

Swinging away with fire axes, city leaders chopped open the winter-hardened earth at 5545 W. 3100 South to make way for Station No. 74.Tuesday's event also reflects a commitment by the city to improve response times on fire and paramedic calls in the northwest sector of West Valley.

The 14,766-square-foot station will be the fourth built by West Valley City and is scheduled for completion Nov. 1.

City spokesman Ed Quinlan said the station will provide a training area and living quarters for seven West Valley fire-fighters, offices for three full-time city employees and space for a Salt Lake County paramedic unit.

In addition, the new fire station will offer meeting space for community groups.

West Valley Fire Chief John Williams said one major benefit of the new station will be a reduction in response times to the rapidly growing Lake Park Corporate Center.