The City of Schertz and Schertz Fire Department celebrated the official groundbreaking of Fire Station #3 on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The Schertz community was encouraged to join the City for the much anticipated celebratory event.
The City of Schertz purchased a parcel of land for Fire Station #3 in 2017 after voters passed an $8 million bond to build a new fire station in southern Schertz which would reduce response times up to 60%. A temporary Fire Station #3 opened on Trainer Hale Road, approximately 0.5 miles north of IH-10, at the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority (CCMA) property in early 2018. The City had been planning for the costs associated with opening and operating a new station which provided the opportunity to hire staff and purchase equipment in anticipation of the new facility. The temporary station enabled the Schertz Fire Department to put these resources into place to meet the needs of the citizens of southern Schertz.
Located at 11917 Lower Seguin Road, Fire Station #3 will measure roughly 12,000 square feet and will house several apparatuses to include an engine, brush truck, reserve engine, and space for a Schertz EMS ambulance. The station will feature full living quarters for twelve firefighters, six paramedics and offices for staff; a radio/watch office; and a community meeting room which will be used as classroom space for staff and the general public. In addition, a new fire engine was purchased and put into service in 2018 and is equipped with an array of EMS supplies and equipment enabling the station to provide first response medical care as well as hazmat and rescue calls.
“We have waited a long time for this day and are very excited to move into the construction phase of Fire Station #3. This new addition will help decrease response times not only in southern Schertz but across the whole city,” commented Schertz Fire Chief, Kade Long.
Site work has already begun on the property, and construction by Thomas S. Bryne Construction Services will begin in the next few weeks. The new station, designed by BRW ARCHITECTS, is anticipating completion by Late Summer 2019.