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Michael McLemore

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The history of the Sugar Land Fire Department has been marked by unprecedented growth that has made Sugar Land one of the fast growing cities in Texas. Our goal has always been to remain a community-centered, technologically advanced department that is responsive to the needs of our richly diverse population and workforce.

Careful planning has been the key to managing this growth. A strategic capital improvement program has ensured the maintenance of current facilities and identified future needs. This has been important to maintain the high level of service our citizens have come to expect.

Last year, we celebrated the move of fire station #1 (just down the street) to a new facility. The old fire station #1 dated back to 1967.

Our second fire station was built in 1984 and recently received some needed repair and remodeling. The work included a new architectural design similar to the interior layout of Fire Station #1. It’s important to ensure that firefighters’ quarters are a healthy, safe place to work.

Fire station #2 is located at 1040 Industrial Blvd. just north of U.S. Highway 90A. When the station opened, SLFD had a total of 17 employees. We now we have more than 100 employees, and we’re building Fire Station #7. The work completed at Fire Station #2 was accomplished within 90 days and emergency response was maintained by housing personnel in temporary trailers just outside the station.

Some the notable improvements included the addition of a workspace for the company officer (lieutenant) to complete run reports, evaluations and other administrative duties. The facility was built to accommodate co-ed staffing. Firefighters now have separate sleeping quarters in lieu of the older “bunk room” style. All lighting was updated to provide illumination in a more energy efficient manner, the fire safety system was updated, a building security system was installed and the sewer system was completely replaced. All of the improvements were completed to meet ADA requirements. The facility interior was completely remodeled with new walls, floors, ceiling, lighting, plumbing, kitchen equipment and a locker room.

While on the subject of maintenance, please take the time in the coming weeks to push the test button on your smoke detectors, change the batteries and review your home escape plan. Remember to change your clocks and change your smoke detector batteries on Nov. 7.

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