Construction begins on new fire and EMS station in Southwest Austin

A photo of a group of community members at a public hearing discussion
Austin Fire Department presented potential plans for the new Southwest Austin fire station to Sunset Valley residents in 2018, when different locations were still being considered. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Fire Department presented potential plans for the new Southwest Austin fire station to Sunset Valley residents in 2018, when different locations were still being considered. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Construction will begin on a new fire and EMS station in Southwest Austin this week.

The new station will serve as a joint location of the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Services, one of five new "high priority stations" situated to emergency response times in key areas of Austin and Travis County following a May 2018 Austin City Council resolution.


“The City is delivering on its promise of five stations in five years by starting on the second station right on time in June 2020," Austin City Council Member Paige Ellis said in a press release. "This station is a welcome addition to District 8, where it will not only reduce emergency response times, but also become part of the community."

The $9.6 million, 15,000-square-foot station will be located at 5410 W. Hwy. 290 Service Road, Austin. It is scheduled to be completed by mid-summer 2021, according to Austin Public Works.

Once completed, AFD Station No. 51/ATCEMS Station No. 38 will serve the city of Sunset Valley and the Travis Country neighborhood, two of many areas in the South Austin region that have historically suffered from poor response times. It is the second South Austin high priority stations to be built, following an Onion Creek station that opened in spring 2019.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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