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New fire station, EMS facility to help lower response times

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:11
Northeast Fort Bend Fire Station #2 and FBC EMS Station ribbon cutting Northeast Fort Bend Fire Station #2 and FBC EMS Station ribbon cutting Craig Moseley

The official ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 15 marked the opening of Northeast Fort Bend Fire Station #2 with an adjoining facility for Fort Bend County EMS (Emergency Medical Service). The new building is located at 11000 Clodine Road, Richmond.

 

“We’ve been working on this for about eight years,” said Robert Shindler, President of Kingsbridge MUD (Municipal Utility District). “The last three years were intense. We finally got it done.”

“With the growth going westward, we had to have another station,” Shindler said. “For them [residents] to get decent homeowner’s insurance, they need to have a station within five miles.”

Funding for the fire station was provided by Emergency Service District (ESD) #5 and a MUD agreement with Aliana subdivision. County Assistance District #2 funded 15 percent of the construction cost to provide the additional county EMS location at the site.

“We’re really excited to have them here,” said Lynn Craven, Aliana Community Council Coordinator.

The $2.5 million facility is 10,000 square feet with four double-length bays for fire trucks plus a separate ambulance bay. Pumper E-12, Brush Truck 31, and Tanker 20 are housed in the fire station bays, and the EMS M-7 ambulance is housed in the ambulance bay.

“I believe it will improve the response time to the folks in the district,” said Fire Chief Rick Duplant.

Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Galloy said, “This is good for the community. We are one of the largest growing counties in the nation. We’re just trying to stay ahead of the growth.”

Galloy said the Brush Truck and Tanker are about three years old. According to Galloy, the Tanker carries 2,000 gallons of water and is important because “some areas are not covered by a fire hydrant.” He said the Pumper is brand new. “We bought it just for this station. It will live here all the time.”

The new facility accommodates firefighters from ESD #5 with a connected, but separate, facility for EMS personnel.

The fire station portion has a watch office, day room, training-conference room, lobby, showers, laundry area, and a kitchen. There are three, single bunk rooms for the chief and assistants. Across from that, there are five bunk rooms, with three lockers each, to accommodate three shifts of firefighters.

“I’m glad we’re in the station and finally going to start running calls out of this,” Galloy said. “Now the real work begins.”

Fort Bend County EMS Director Graig Temple said, “This is a wonderful location with quick access to a growing area. It is hugely beneficial to us and our crews.”

“We’re two organizations under one roof,” Temple said. “It is fiscally responsible to build something like this.”

The EMS side sleeps two EMS staff. The quarters include a common area, kitchen, bathrooms, shower, two rooms with a bunk, and a washer-dryer. “For bio hazards, we wash out our clothes with hot water so as not to take it home,” Temple said.

“All of my crews work 24-48. That’s one on, two days off. Some crews could be up 24 hours,” he said. According to Temple, the bunk rooms provide a place to rest so crews will “be fresh and ready to go.” The quarters provide a place for catching up on reports, meals, and down time. “It is our home away from home.”

According to Temple, the EMS crew had operated out of a temporary construction trailer while the new location was built. “There was no garage at the temporary facilities,” he said, pointing out it exposed the ambulance to inclement weather. “We plan to move here Tuesday, Jan. 19.”

 

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Patterson thanked the builder, Bass Construction, and acknowledged stakeholders and partners. He urged those assembled to shop at businesses in County Assistance District 2, mentioning “Kroger, Paladium, and Gallery Furniture.” Patterson said a portion of the sales tax goes toward building out the ambulance portion.

 

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