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July 16th, 2010
City to open new fire station Saturday


The San Marcos Fire Department will open a $5 million fire station on Carlson Circle with a ceremony Saturday morning.


San Marcos officials will observe the opening of a new city fire station Saturday, 10 a.m., at 100 Carlson Circle. The public is invited to participate in the festivities.

The event will mark the completion of the $5 million station, which will serve as administrative headquarters for the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD), house major apparatus and training classrooms, and serve the Interstate-35 corridor and the northern areas of San Marcos with fire protection and emergency response.

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will preside at the ceremony, which will include the uncoupling of a fire hose and a special ritual in which firefighters will push a new fire apparatus into the bay by hand.

The grand opening program also will feature Interim City Manager Laurie Moyer as the master of ceremonies, along with U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), and the SMFD color guard.

“The new fire station represents the achievement of a dream shared by the people of San Marcos, the City of San Marcos and our fire department,” said Narvaiz. “The facility is located at the gateway to San Marcos and signifies our commitment to public safety for our community.”

Winners of an SMFD coloring contest will be announced at the event, with children’s artwork displayed in the station. The Fire Safety House used in fire safety education is on site for exploration by children. In addition, the historic 1926 American La France fire truck and the 1963 fire chief’s car will be on display.

San Marcos firefighters will have a fund-raising fire boot available, inviting residents to donate for the restoration of the antique La France fire truck.

Fire Station 5 was approved by voters in a 2005 bond election following the recommendation of a blue ribbon bond committee. The city began construction of the 19,960-square-foot facility in January 2009. The building was designed by architects Wiginton Hooker Jeffry of Plano and Austin and built by Stokes Construction of San Marcos.

Led by Fire Chief Les Stephens and Assistant Chief Len Nored, the SMFD contributed to the design and construction management of the project. San Marcos Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Director David Healey and Senior Engineer Jennifer Shell also provided construction oversight.

“The San Marcos Fire Department is honored to have our staff participate in creating a state-of-the-art facility to serve our community,” Stephens said. “This has been a labor of love for many years and we are grateful for the ongoing support from the citizens and our city council for this important project.”

Fire Station 5 houses fire administration, five and a half bays for fire apparatus, a training classroom, 13 bedrooms, a physical fitness room, bunker gear storage, decontamination area and a maintenance room for breathing apparatus.

The facility includes many “green” features, using materials originating in Texas with recycled content, water-conserving plumbing fixtures and high efficiency HVAC systems and a rainwater recycling system. Incorporated in the building and grounds are cooler concrete paving, native landscape plants, stone veneer and cool roof colors. The acoustical ceiling tiles are made of recycled materials, as are the rubber floors used in the training rooms.

The SMFD is commemorating its 125th anniversary and is the oldest city department. The department has 60 firefighters operating out of five stations across the city. Station 1 downtown on Hutchison Street is currently closed for renovation and is scheduled to re-open in mid-August.

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