Last week, Ray Holliday and Lisa Andel from our College Station studio participated in the ground breaking for Pearland Fire Station No. 3 alongside: the General Contractor, Crain Group; Pearland Mayor, Tom Reid; and City Manager, Clay Pearson. Construction has commenced on the new 10,726 square foot station which is located on the corner of Yost Blvd. and Broadway St. adjacent to the existing EMS station. The new station will accommodate both Fire and EMS as the department transitions from volunteer to a career fire department and the two emergency entities have now merged. The existing EMS station that is currently located in a converted house on the same site as the new station will remain functional throughout construction. The new Fire Station #3 will accommodate 10 full-time fire fighters and is expected to be open and operational by April 2015, after which the existing EMS station will be demolished.
Photo Courtesy of City of Pearland
It is Week 9 of the Citizen’s Fire Academy and BRW Project Manager, Jen Bettiol, was at the renowned Brayton Fire Training Fields in College Station, Texas. The course has consisted of several different demonstrations and training exercises firefighters regularly have to endure and this week continued to bring excitement! As part of “Hose Training Week”, the Fire Department kept the class busy working with 2 ½” lines, 1 ½” lines, hooking up to fire hydrants, shooting off water cannons on the CSFD truck and taking to the sky in the ladder truck platform. Jen was so excited about the exercise that she came back into the office the following day boasting about, “how great the view of the full moon was from 100 feet up in the air” and “how the guys really demonstrated their skills and capabilities and gave them a taste of some of the training they have to go through.” Stay tuned for more updates from the College Station Citizen’s Fire Academy!