Fulshear’s new fire station broke ground at 33301 FM 1093 on June 9.
“This station and future training facility have been in the planning stages for some time. We are excited to see the building process begin, and it comes at a great time as development along FM 1093 in Fulshear is progressing,” said Gilbert "Herc" Meier, the chief of the Fulshear Simonton Fire Department.
The 30,000-square-foot building will be the fourth location for Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 4 by its completion date in summer 2021, he said.
ESD No. 4 covers 106 square miles with a population of about 60,000 people.
The facility will include a training facility, administrative offices and an internal training room, which will also serve as an emergency operations center when needed.
The fire station, which cost about $13.6 million and was funded via ad valorem taxes, will house three firefighters, one captain, one battalion chief and an additional six staff members in the administrative section.
“This project has been in the works for 7 years," said Brandi Crone, the business manager of ESD No. 4. "The board recognized the needs coming at that time and have been financing planning for future stations. With that planning, this allowed the ESD to finance half of the station cost while paying cash for the other half.”
Additionally, the station will have a first-responding engine as well as a high-water rescue vehicle and brush truck.
Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc. from College Station designed the new fire station, and Houston-based Brookstone Construction was the general contractor.
“This station and future training facility have been in the planning stages for some time," Meier said. "We are excited to see the building process begin, and it comes at a great time as development along FM 1093 in Fulshear is progressing.”