New Fire/EMS Station 2018
Many of you may recall hearing talk about a new Fire-EMS station in Westlake over the last several years. It's true! Town staff and elected officials have been monitoring the operations of our public safety department, reviewing the feedback in our residential surveys, analyzing the effects of our community's growth, and discussing its future needs for quite a while.
Several Town forums, educational mail-outs, and a helpful video were all provided in 2016 for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the various needs of our Fire-EMS department and the effects on service delivery, the conditions at the temporary station, safety concerns of personnel, and financing plans to pay for a proposed new station.
And in the fall of 2017, The Town Council approved the budget for Westlake Fire/EMS Station 1, and the groundbreaking ceremony took place on November 9, 2017.
Construction on the new 18,000 square foot facility is moving along quickly. Crews tell us it's on budget and on schedule. The new station isn't only creating a buzz around Westlake, but outside the community as well. Already representatives from fire departments in Dallas, Arlington, and Grapevine have toured the facility, looking for ideas on how they can improve their own stations. Each city was impressed by the distinctive design of our main station. While the structure is the same size as most stations in our area, it appears larger based on the topography of the land, the massing of the buildings, and the fact the station faces two major roadways.
The station will have four equipment bays, traditional living quarters, administrative offices, and an emergency operation center that can also be used as a public meeting room for gatherings. The plan is for the facility to be completed by January of 2019, then fully operational by the beginning of February 2019.
And save the date...plans are underway for a community-wide grand opening to be held on Saturday, March 23 so stay tuned as that date draws near for all the details!