City Lights July 2018.pub

DeSoto City Lights July, 2018 www.desototexas.gov A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department Construction of the New Fire Station 2 and Fire Administration Building Begins Soon Construction will begin soon on a new fire station in DeSoto located at 206 S. Parks Drive.   This new station will replace DeSoto’s current station 2 located on Belt Line Road.  Funding  for the new station was approved by voters in the 2014 Bond Referendum.    The new 14,200 square foot, three‐apparatus bay fire station will include:   Sleeping alcove bunk rooms with adjacent  dayroom, kitchen, dining area and physical  agility room    Offices for Fire Administration and Fire Prevention  A Community Safe Room funded by a grant from FEMA will provide a hardened space that  can withstand winds up to 250 mph with 3 second wind gusts.  This room will serve as a  multi‐purpose community meeting/training space and backup Emergency Operations  Center.   

“We are using an architectural firm that is fairly new to Texas with a history of building hurricane resistant fire stations in  an area that has seen its share of tornados.  I think it just makes sense for us to take advantage of their expertise,” said  DeSoto Fire Rescue Chief Jerry Duffield. “Thanks to the added protection afforded by the mitigation grant from FEMA and  the Texas Department of Emergency Management, this will be a one‐of‐kind facility on the cutting edge of survivability,  sustainability, and operational functionality,” said Chief Duffield. 

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