The city’s newest fire station, planned to start construction this summer, will bring upgrades to the city’s emergency response capabilities, while still maintaining some “old school” details.
The League City Volunteer Fire Department and Houston-based Natex Architecture recently met with a group of Hidden Lakes homeowners to unveil the architectural drawings and renderings for the city’s new fire station, planned to be built at 7503 South Shore Blvd.
Crews are expected to break ground later this summer and complete the project by summer of 2019, officials said.
The fire station will contain three bays and support 24-hour operations and also provide living quarters for four firefighters and two paramedics. It will cost about $5 million to build, according to the city’s capital improvement plan.
The Insurance Services Office recently awarded the League City fire department with its highest rating, Fire Chief Gary Warren said.
“League City has an ISO One now,” he said. “Now it’s time to come across with the goods.”
The Insurance Services Office organization provides statistical data on fire risk. A good rating can result in lower insurance rates for homeowners and businesses.
The new fire station concept originated after discussions on how to improve the city’s Insurance Services Office rating, Warren said.
“The ISO rating was a three, not the best, but it’s good,” he said. “In fact, it’s better than average.”
The fire department decided to take measures to improve their score, Warren said.
After asking officials what it would take to advance the fire department to a one rating, discussions formed over the coverage in the southeastern part of League City, Warren said.
“Coverage down there is a little tight,” he said.
Now with an improved rating, the department needs a new station to adequately cover the southeastern area of League City, Warren said.
“The water tower is not strategically located for the best response,” he said. “I think we are going to let bids for construction in June or July.”
The new building will be an improvement on past stations but also keep some classic features of a fire station, Warren said.
“It is going to have a community room downstairs,” he said. “It’s going to be the only station in League City with a pole, so that’s different. That’s old school.”
The new station will be another tool that will help the fire department excel at their job, Warren said.
“It’ll improve the response times on the southeastern area of the city,” he said. “Like the Hidden Lakes and Bayridge areas.”
The increasing population of League City requires better public safety, volunteer firefighter Craig Corder said. Since 2010, more than 18,000 residents have moved to League City, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.
“It’s an area that’s growing pretty rapidly, so in the aspect of public safety it’s going to give a quicker response time,” he said. “It’s really just more rapid protection.”
Department officials will make an additional presentation on the station to the Hidden Lakes homeowners association Tuesday.