Dallas Fire Department wants to replace Casa Linda fire station

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Fire Station No. 31 on Garland Road near Buckner made Dallas Fire and Rescue’s priority list for replacement.

The new fire station would cost $9.8 million and be paid for from 2017 bond funds.

The overall list of projects the department says it needs totals $220 million and would include 19 replacement stations and four new stations. But the department presented a list of 10 priority construction projects totaling $82.6 million to City Council members this week.

The projects could be funded if voters approve a referendum next May in which the city could acquire $600-$800 million in general obligation bonds.

Station No. 31, at 9385 Garland Road, was built in 1947, and it’s outdated. The department’s standards call for about 1,200 square feet of space, three full apparatus bays and one half bay, plus a decontamination room and a public lobby and restroom, among other items.

The old building also has water damage from plumbing problems on the second floor and insufficient sewer lines, among other problems.

In other places, the department plans to tear down old stations and rebuild them on the same land. But this station’s location would have to move because the lot is too small, and it’s at such a high traffic location that response times sometimes are delayed.

The department also wants to renovate offices and classrooms and replace a burn building and drill tower at its training campus on Dolphin Road. Those projects would cost $10 million.

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  • Camj923

    Richard, why not inform without the hostility? The poster is not attacking you. For those with less information, it can appear wasteful.

  • Richard Klima

    You are incredibly ignorant. Engine 31 responds to one alarm or multiple alarms in this area. A one alarm response is three engines, two ladder trucks, two battalion chiefs, and a rescue unit. It happens multiple times on a daily basis. Engine 31 responds to all heart attack, major medical emergencies, and vehicle accidents in this area. If that is not enough, they handle medical alarms and automatic fire alarms. Oh, by the way, if you have broken water pipe in your house, they come turn the water off on an emergency basis before the water department even thinks about getting there. Then, there are the emergency assist invalid calls. Enough for you?

  • Los_Politico

    Seems very wasteful. How many fires does this station respond to each year? Do they really need more bays?

  • Norman Alston

    My Dad started his career with the DFD at this station in 1962 before spending his last 19 years at 35’s on Walnut Hill. 35’s was replaced and torn down just a few years ago. Hurts to read this but not a surprise. Last week the new Station 27 won an award from the American Institute of Architects and demonstrates how completely different the modern stations are. Hope this one finds a new life and remains a tie to our neighborhood’s past like so many others around town. I’d really hate to lose it to a new fast food restaurant or the like.