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Champions ESD to construct second fire station

October 5, 2018

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 29 is moving forward with plans to construct its second fire station serving the Champions area.

The future 11,097-square-foot facility’s intended location is on an approximately 4.5-acre plot of land at 12734 Cutten Road, which is in the western part of the district.

“The growth on that side of the district is pretty explosive, especially on the commercial-end,” said Dan Shelor, fire chief of Champions ESD. “To reduce response times to that side of the district, we felt it was necessary to put a station over there to better serve the area.”

Shovels may hit the ground in early November, according to ESD No. 29 officials. Construction of the new Station 12 is anticipated to be completed by November 2019.

The project’s anticipated costs total $3.88 million, according to Ricardo Martinez with Martinez Architects, who serve as the project’s architectural firm. JE Dunn Construction is the project’s general contractor.

Project specifications provided by Martinez Architects indicate the proposed facility consists of 5,106 square feet of living space, a 4,848-square-foot apparatus bay and a 1,143-square-foot mezzanine.

About five staff members will man the new station — four firefighters and a district chief. The station will house a fire engine, a district chief Chevy Tahoe, as well as a tanker truck.

“A lot of the area over there doesn’t have fire hydrants, so we have a 3,000-gallon water tanker and those same four firefighters will man that one as needed,” Shelor said.

mfeuk@hcnonline.com

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