City councilors in Casper say they’re making an enhanced commitment to public safety by approving funding for a new Casper Fire-EMS station and a new 911 telephone system.

Casper City Council unanimously approved the new $2.5 million fire house and the $550,000 purchase of new 911 equipment at its meeting Tuesday night.

Casper mayor Kenyne Schlager says council is responding to requests from residents urging the city to place more emphasis on public safety.

“Council recognizes how important public safety is – we know that, because, in surveys, people tell us that’s the number one concern they have in the city,” Schlager said. “We are choosing to spend our money in areas that the citizens want us to spend it in.”

The new fire and EMS station will replace an aging station located at 800 College Dr. The new 911 equipment will be installed at the Hall of Justice, 201 N. David St., and at Casper Fire-EMS Station No. 3, 2140 E. 12th St.