UPDATE: Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Kingwood residents aware the renovations at Houston Fire Department Station 101 (HFD 101) have been completed. Council Member Martin is pleased to see these renovations completed earlier than expected, and firefighters returned to their assigned station this past weekend.
Some long-overdue renovations will be taking place this month at Houston Fire Department Station 101 in Kingwood.
Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Kingwood residents aware that over the last several years the condition of Houston Fire Department Station 101 as well as other stations in the Kingwood and Huffman areas have continued to decline. The Houston Fire Stations within these areas were never built for professional firefighters as they were originally designed as volunteer fire stations before annexation.
Since 2014, Council Member Martin has continued to advocate for renovations at the Fire Stations within his district. Unfortunately, the rains that occurred the week of May 6, 2019 flooded Station 101 before the Houston Fire Department (HFD) could address these concerns. After evaluating and approving plans, these renovations began on June 3 and are expected to continue through late June, weather permitting.
Since HFD Station 101 was flooded it created a very urgent situation expediting the need for immediate renovations. The safety of firefighters and their working conditions is the highest priority. The conditions created after these rain events put our first responders in unnecessary danger and that risk needed to be eliminated swiftly.
As a result HFD Station 101 is closed for immediate renovations to address these issues exacerbated by the rain. We appreciate and share in the public's concern for those that put their lives on the line for our community each day. Please know that the crew and equipment remains in the area at nearby HFD Stations 102 and 104 ready to serve you and your neighbors should the need arise.
We hope this situation provides a sense of urgency within HFD to prioritize the additional repairs at other stations in Kingwood, Lake Houston, Southeast Houston and Clear Lake. These recent and more frequent rain events in the Houston area have renewed a sense of urgency for Council Member Martin to improve the work environments for firefighters. Council Member Martin will not allow the firefighters at HFD 101 to live and sleep for their 24 hour shift in post flood conditions, until all work is completed, including mold remediation.
Frio7 New Member ~ 3 mos, 11 days ago Jun 07 2019, 10:59am
I wonder if this council members urgency has anything to do with the upcoming election? Has this council member asked the 4 shifts at station 101 what they want? I'm sure they would rather stay in their station during renovations than be very uncomfortable being squished into the already over crowded 102's and 104's. There is 1/2 a station still in useable condition where the firefighters were before he got involved. While I'm thankful the station is being renovated, him "not allowing" things seems to be more of a political move than over concern for the firefighters.