New Super Station Opens Downtown

Houston's newest and largest fire station is actually a combination of two of the city's oldest. Fire Station Eight on the south side of downtown on Louisiana is now officially open.It's a combination of station one and eight, with 22,000-square feet, eight bays and room for 25 firefighters to eat and sleep.
Houston Fire Chief Phil Boriskie says Station Eight has been around since 1894.

"The people that work here, it's a very intense pride. This station has served the city of Houston for 114 years and a lot of our truly great leaders have worked here and really established their career here and moved on to other parts of the city. It's a very proud moment for Houston firefighters."

Station Eight had 13,000 calls for service last year and is one of the busiest in the city. District Chief Jeff Crow says logistically, the new facility is about as good as it gets.

"The accommodations are very comfortable, well thought-out. It's perfectly located in downtown where you have fast and clear access to the high-rise buildings. We have a great compliment of all different types of fire apparatus here, so it's just the ideal working environment for all of us."

Station Eight cost about $8.5 million to build and is twice the size of a normal fire station.
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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...