Arlington, Texas - The City of Arlington is set to begin construction on a new two-story Fire Station No. 1 in Downtown Arlington this fall, replacing the City’s oldest fire station which originally opened in 1954.
Arlington City Council recently approved a construction contract for up to $9.2 million with Steele & Freeman. As part of the 2014 Bond Program, Arlington voters approved funding to rebuild the City’s oldest fire station.
The two-story, 17,667-square-foot station will replace the existing Fire Station No. 1 and is set to open in 2023, according to fire department officials.
The new facility will include five larger, drive-thru apparatus bays that can hold more equipment, training areas and indoor and outdoor kennels for the Fire Department’s K9 Unit, a full kitchen and a dining room, and various offices.
The station will also include a public space for community events and meetings as well as a museum area where residents can learn about the Arlington Fire Department’s history and accomplishments.
With improved living quarters, firefighters on three-shift crew will no longer have to share an open dormitory space. The second story of the new station will offer 12 private dorm rooms and separate men’s and women’s bathrooms with showers.
The new facility also includes several energy-saving features, including Low-E windows with a solar ban coating, a mechanical system with variable refrigerant volume, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and native landscaping that requires minimal irrigation systems.
The City of Arlington: https://www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/fire_station_1