By: Malcom Chakery
The city of Grand Prairie has recently experienced quite a bit of growth within their southern region, which has subsequently led to city officials building a brand new fire station to accommodate the new homeowners and their businesses. Fire Station No. 10, as it is being called, broke ground back in July of 2015. The entire facility will cost a grand total of $5 million to fully construct, and is 12,000-square-feet, and located on the corner of Balboa and Grand Peninsula Drive. After almost a year of construction, the fire house has finally opened its doors to the public and is prepared to fight the flames of Grand Prairie.
The fire house, which spared zero expensive in construction, features eight dorm rooms, an officer’s quarters, offices, a day room, an entire commercial kitchen, and a workshop to repair firemen’s tools and equipment. The building also has a safe room designed to stand up against a category 4/5 storm, which is a brand new feature in fire stations across North Central Texas.Residents will quickly note the nautical theme to the fire station, which is within walking distance of Joe Pool Lake. Fire Station No. 10 features a working lighthouse feature, roof dormers, and even iconic siding that makes most think of a lighthouse when they first get a good look. An anchor, which was obtained from the USS Fort Fisher, has been installed on the front lawn as a sort of art piece for the community to examine. The USS Fisher was the final ship of the anchorage-class dock landing ships launched back in 1972 originally. It was also the first decommissioned ship of its class.
Fire Chief Robert Fite says the station was built due to numerous people, homes, and new businesses within the area popping up seemingly overnight. The entire southern region of the city has seen significant growth within the past few years. He said the density has stripped services and the fire station is required to continue operating in the area effectively.
“The closest fire station is 4 miles away,” Fite said. “We found out that people who were buying homes on the peninsula were having to pay so much more for homeowners insurance than others because there wasn’t a fire station nearby.”
Fite has said “Fire Station 10 is the latest premier community fire station using the nautical theme of the Grand Peninsula area and at the same time being in a location to serve one of the fastest growing areas in the DFW metroplex, our very own south Grand Prairie. Through a partnership with Cedar Hill and Mansfield, Fire Station 10 will begin the process of eliminating city borders as the three cities begin to share fire and emergency resources. Fire Station 10 will house a Fire Quint, which is a basically a fire engine with a large ladder, and an ambulance. The personnel assigned are part of the dive team, swift water team, and will be very active within Grand Peninsula and Mira Lagos communities.”
Fire Station No. 10 was designed by Komatsu Architecture and fully constructed by Pogue Construction.