Cy-Fair Fire Department accommodates growth with new, refurbished stations

ESD No. 9 commissioners participate in a groundbreaking ceremony April 15 for the new facility replacing Station 1. (Courtesy Capt. Daniel Arizpe, PIO/Cy-Fair Fire Department)
ESD No. 9 commissioners participate in a groundbreaking ceremony April 15 for the new facility replacing Station 1. (Courtesy Capt. Daniel Arizpe, PIO/Cy-Fair Fire Department)

ESD No. 9 commissioners participate in a groundbreaking ceremony April 15 for the new facility replacing Station 1. (Courtesy Capt. Daniel Arizpe, PIO/Cy-Fair Fire Department)

The Cy-Fair Fire Department added 34 full-time firefighters and 24 full-time paramedics in 2021 and plans to add another 25 firefighters and additional paramedics in 2022, according to Tommy Balez, president of Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9.

The district also opened a new Station No. 5 to replace the old facility, which was damaged in Hurricane Harvey, and broke ground on a replacement facility for Station No. 1 in 2021.

In 2022, ESD officials will continue work on their long-term strategic plan to ultimately grow to 22 fire stations, Balez said. This could include the purchase of land for Stations Nos. 14 and 15 in the western part of the district. Older facilities are also being refurbished or rebuilt.

“We’re trying to balance growing while at the same time spending funds to fix [or improve] the stations that are already existing,” Balez said. “One thing we found [is] these facilities were built for a volunteer department, which wasn’t always manned. ... These older stations aren’t equipped for [full-time staff].”

The reconstruction of Station No. 1 is slated for completion in May, and construction on a new Station No. 6 is expected to start in 2022.


Balez said the district is also looking to purchase land to move Station No. 10 in east Cy-Fair, and Stations Nos. 3 and 8 will likely be refurbished in 2022 as well.

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By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.