Plans to replace the current Fire Station No. 3 were approved by voters as part of the 2019 bond election, and construction on the $6.7 million project is expected to begin this summer.
Originally built in 1981, the current 3,700-square-foot station will be demolished to make way for a new 12,000-square-foot structure that will house six firefighters daily along with a fire engine, a brush truck and an ambulance.
The new station also includes space for a reserve fire engine or ambulance, a kitchen, living quarters, a day room and gym facilities.
An agreement between NBU and the city of New Braunfels will allow the staff and equipment from the current station to be temporarily relocated to the NBU-owned Headwaters at the Comal facility, located at 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels.
“We are extremely grateful to NBU for the opportunity to partner with them to temporarily house Fire Station #3’s personnel at such a unique location within their existing response district,” fire Chief Patrick O’Connell said in a press release. “Because the temporary Headwaters at the Comal location is in the same response district, response times should only change minimally.”
In preparation for the transition, modular housing and utility upgrades have been installed at the Headwaters site, and some fire department trainings may take place at the original station before its demolition.