Spring Fire Dept. looks forward to new buildings, equipment in 2019
The Spring Fire Department has new goals in the new year that will include the start of construction and equipment.
The department’s Station 74 expects to complete construction on a replacement station in front of its current location on Old Aldine Westfield Road in the summer.
“The current Station 74 is an outdated building that had no room for sleeping quarters and no offices in it. It was really just a very small building that just had bays just to hold the fire trucks, so with the growing of the department and needing to staff the station 24 hours, we had to build a new facility,” said Assistant Fire Chief Robert Logan.
According to the Harris County Appraisal District, Station 74 was originally built in 1978 and is nearly 3,000 square feet.
The new station currently houses a small kitchen, couches and fire trucks, Logan said.
The new station will be about 17,000 square feet and will be similar to the rebuilt Station 75, which opened in November.
Once complete, the new Station 74 will include sleeping quarters, a kitchen and gym. The station will cost $7.79 million.
The department will also take its first steps in the creation of a training center that will be named after a former fire chief.
The W.W. “Cotton” Weaver Training Center will be built on a 52-acre property the department acquired in July near its administration building along Lexington Blvd. and East Louetta Road.
“The initial (construction) is going to be the infrastructure, the road coming in off of Lexington to get into the property,” Logan said.
About 8 acres will be used for water detention and while the master plan is being designed, the existing trees on the property will be retained as a buffer between the roadways and the center, he said.
After the roadway leading into the property and utilities are connected, the construction of the training center is expected to take between 10 to 15 years to complete.
Construction on infrastructure is expected to begin in the fall.
“There’s going to be so many different projects we’ll have out there. The first building that we’re going to be building is the logistics building which will house the mechanic that works on the firetruck, a warehouse for our supply depot. Then, after that, we’re going to start on our training project, like the burn building and the drill tower,” Logan said.
The department will also be investing in new field equipment, including four new vehicles.
Two new fire trucks will go to Stations 73 and 76 and will cost a total of $1.3 million.
A new rehab vehicle will also be purchased by the department for $450,000 and will carry large coolers for drinks, fans to help cool firefighters during the summertime while on location, and a cascade system to refill air tanks.
“They will hopefully be done in the next few months,” Logan said.
The department may order an additional rescue truck that carries heavy rescue materials, such as the jaws of life and other equipment.