Station 2 Relocation
Burleson City Council approved construction costs for the relocation of Fire Station No. 2 during its regular meeting on Monday, October 21.
The new facility will be located at 250 E. Hidden Creek Parkway, near the intersection of E. Hidden Creek Parkway and S. Dobson St. The new building will replace the existing Station 2, which was built in 1995 and is located at 620 Memorial Plaza.
“Station 2 will be located off of Hidden Creek Parkway with quick access to Interstate I-35W while providing strategic access to major roadways for maximum efficiency in our response,” said Fire Chief K.T. Freeman. “With the growth of the city, the current location of Station 2 is hindering response capabilities to the city’s southern border, HighPoint Business Park and Hidden Vistas subdivision, as well as future residential development that will be located on CR 714.”
Originally built for one crew and minimal vehicles, Station 2 currently has limited amenities for the firefighters it houses. The proposed station will be able to house additional fire apparatuses and crews assigned to that district with room to grow. The new station will also meet modern standards for firefighter safety for de-coning gear. Also included in the layout is an emergency operation center which will assist in increasing the city’s ability to respond to disasters.
“We also want to make sure that the residents and business owners who currently are close to Station 2 understand that even with the move response times will remain consistent with the average response times throughout the city,” states Chief Freeman. “The city also has an automatic/mutual agreement with Fort Worth’s Station No. 42, located at Spinks Airport, which automatically will respond to any reported structure fire in this area.”
Newsome Construction Inc. was selected through a competitive bid process and will be providing the design, engineering and construction for the new fire station in an amount not to exceed $5,662,087. The funding is provided by bond sales and no increase in the property tax rate will be necessary.
Construction is expected to begin in November 2019 with completion in mid-2021. Firefighters will remain at the current station on Memorial Plaza until construction is complete.
Why is Station 2 being relocated?
For several reasons, including to provide more equitable delivery of service times to the areas the station serves. The current location of Station 2 is hindering response capabilities to the city’s southern border, HighPoint Business Park and Hidden Vistas subdivision, as well as future residential development that will be located on CR 714. The new station will also provide improved bays and living spaces, private dormitory and restroom areas for female firefighters and will provide modern standards for firefighter safety for de-coning of gear.
Why was this site selected?
This site gives Station 2 better access to I-35W, while still maintaining comparable coverage for surrounding residences and the city already owned the land which makes the cost of building a new station more cost effective.
When will construction start?
Excavation of land on the site will start October 31, 2019.
When will the project be complete?
The project is expected to take approximately 14 months, with completion in mid-2021.
What new features will the new station have that the current one doesn't?
The new station will have an Emergency Operation Center which will assist the city in preparation for disasters, improved bays and living spaces for firefighters, private dormitory and restroom areas for female firefighters, meets modern standards for firefighter safety for de-coning gear and will provide a shelter in place location for severe weather events.
Will the new station bring additional noise to the neighborhood?
Burleson Fire is sensitive to this issue and will use their emergency sirens, and air horns only when necessary as they are responding to an emergency call. In other words, if there is no traffic on Hidden Creek Parkway that must be alerted that a fire apparatus is approaching their position, in this situation, the emergency lighting on the apparatus will be used when exiting the station and the siren and or air horns will be used only as necessary, to be in compliance with State Law and departmental policies.
What about noise in the neighborhood during construction of the station?The goal is to generally access the work site from Dobson Street as much as possible. This will allow traffic to flow on Hidden Creek to remain unaffected as much as possible. Additionally the city is aware that construction sites can create noise and generate loose trash. The hired contractor is committed to maintain a worksite that does not allow trash to be blown offsite, and normal work hours that are established by City ordinance will be strictly adhered to.
What does the move do to the residents/business owners that live close to the present location of Fire Station 2?Even with the move response times will remain consistent with the average response times throughout the city. The city also has an automatic/mutual agreement with Fort Worth’s Station No. 42, located at Spinks Airport, which automatically will respond to any reported structure fire in this area.
How much does the project cost and how is it funded?
The design, engineering and construction for the new fire station was approved for an amount not to exceed $5,662,087. The funding is provided by bond sales and no increase in the property tax rate will be necessary.
While the new station is being built will firefighters still be housed at the current station?
Yes, this is a unique opportunity which allows our current level of service and response capabilities to continue during the construction process.
What are the future plans for the current station?
The city does not currently have a confirmed use for the current station.