Recently, Houston Firefighters moved from their 3-bay Fire Station 55, “The Double Nickel” as it is commonly referred to, located at 11212 Cullen to their new 16,800 square foot, 5-bay Station at 11402 Cullen Blvd 77047, serving the South Acres / Crestmont Park community.
“This is a welcomed addition due to the recent residential and commercial growth in the community,” says Assistant Fire Chief of Resource Management Ruy Lozano.
The original Fire Station 55 was built in 1963, at what was at the time, the southeastern most city limits at Cullen and Selinsky Rd. Construction for the new Fire Station 55 began in June of 2018 with a total design and construction cost of $9,065,325.
The new building meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification that includes a geothermal HVAC system. The Fire Station was designed by English + Associates Architects and constructed by the Teal Construction Company.
One of the most visual differences in the new Fire Station are the bright red vertical folding doors. These folding doors provide the safety of always being in view of the driver, to reduce the possibility of accidental damage that happens when overhead doors are used. New Fire Station 55 also contains a “Community Room,” which provides a separate and private area for medical evaluation in the case of a “walk-in” patient.
The crews are currently working with the City’s General Services Department to complete punch lists and make minor modification for better accommodations to the members.
Fire Station 55 houses an Engine Co., Ladder Co., and two EMS transport units and like all HFD Fire Stations, is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From the start of this year, the crews of Fire Station 55 have responded to more than 3,500 EMS related incidents and over 300 fire related incidents.
“The new station signals a new era for the men and women of station 55 and for the neighborhoods they serve,” says Fire Chief Samuel Peña. “ It is a much needed addition to help our firefighters continue to safely protect our community, and beyond improving the quality of life in between training and emergency response, it is a reflection of the dedication the men and women of the HFD have in protecting their community. The fire department represents the best in government and the new station 55 reflects the same.”