MADISON, Wis. -

A new fire station opened Monday aimed at serving residents on Madison’s far east side, according to a post from the Madison Fire Department.

Fire Station No. 13 opened for service at 7 a.m. Monday after several years of planning, drawings, and staffing and response planning, according to the post.

“The department is very excited and proud to be providing a high level of EMS and fire services to the citizens on the far east side of the city,” Fire Chief Steven Davis said in the post.

As the city continues to expand into the surrounding countryside, crews have faced challenges on how to meet the demand for calls for service in a timely fashion, officials said.

“As we have seen in the past, a new fire station sometimes looks lonely in a field at first, but then one day it is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of city life,” Davis said. “If we could roll back the clock and look at Fire Station No. 9 on Midvale Boulevard, we would see that when it was first constructed it was on the very edge of town, and that area is now deemed the near west.”

Fire Station No. 13 has been built to be very modern and efficient, according to the post. It uses many state-of-the-art systems to maximize effectiveness, including solar power, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and a site layout that maximizes passive lighting.

The station is staffed with four firefighter EMTs who will cover that side of town 24/7, according to the post. The funding for the staff was made possible through a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant acquired by the city through the federal government.