Dallas Looking For Ways To Re-Build Fire Stations

Steven Pickering
December 23, 2019 - 6:20 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Officials at Dallas City Hall are reviewing the options to rebuild two Dallas fire stations that were damaged by severe weather earlier this year.

Crews and equipment normally at those stations have been re-deployed to nearby stations while city officials negotiate with representatives from the city's insurance carrier.

Fire Station 19 on East Grand Avenue in east Dallas was damaged by high winds during a storm on June 16th. It had been at that location since the early 1970's. Fire Station 41 on Royal Lane was damaged during the October 20th F-3 tornado.

The city did have insurance to cover the damage. However, it will not cover the cost of re-building those stations to the city's current standards for those facilities. "They want to reimburse us for a 'like' station. Both of those stations are about 9,500 square feet," Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune recently told members of the Dallas City Council. "With modern technologies and modern standards for firefighter safety and sleeping quarters...our footprint right now is about 12,000 to 13,000 square feet for a station." The higher cost for the larger station, Fortune said, could be borne by the city. "It is likely...that we would have to find some additional resources to be able to bring those stations back to an operating status beyond what our insurance would cover."

City officials estimate each of those two stations would cost about $11 million to replace. That would include both design and construction costs. If the City awards a contract for those projects in March of 2020, the two new stations could be ready by January of 2022.