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City approves bid to build new Fire Station 11
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
Beaumont City Council approved a construction company's bid of 2,780,000 dollars to construct a new Fire Station Number 11. The new station will be built a few blocks away from its location on Sabine Pass.
Ara Morris's family often sits outside on the porch and talks. Soon they'll have a view of the new Fire Station Number 11, after it's built on the empty lot across the street in Central Beaumont.
"My mom and stepdad live here, which is right across the street from the lot and I'm really excited about it," said Morris.
So is their next door neighbor Angela Pinkston.
"In the beginning I was worried about the noise, but now just on the safety issue, it would be good. We have a lot of elders in the neighborhood who sometimes need emergency services, it will be much closer for them," said Pinkston.
Captain Brad Penisson with Beaumont Fire and Rescue says putting the new Fire Station Number 11 at Park and Royal Street will allow for quicker and more efficient response times.
"When we look at the streets, this being Sabine Pass," said Penisson, pointing to a map on the wall, "we're moving over here. [Firefighters] will be able to hit Park Street, Pennsylvania. They'll actually have better response, be able to go North, South, which ever way they need to go."
The city is also relocating the main fire station, Number 1 on College Street, and Station 2 on Ironton. Penisson says it's part of a larger plan for the city.
"Well, if you look at the clustering of our stations, and how close they are to each other there on the east side of the town," said Penisson. "We're looking at spreading that out a little bit and getting better coverage for those engine companies and better response times."
Fire Station 11 was built in 1931. Tuesday, city council approved N & T Construction Company Inc.'s bid to build a new one.
"There will also be a training tower that will be involved as part of the process. It will have additional bays, this is a two bay station, the new one will be a three bay station. So, we'll actually have areas where we can store our reserve engines," said Penisson.
Penisson says eventually Fire Station 11 will expand its service area.
"Territory wise [Station 11] will cover basically the same territory right now. As we work farther along with our redistribution plan, and Number 1 Station from College Street is moved north, then this station will cover more territory to the north as well," said Penisson.
He expects the new Fire Station 11 to be complete in one to two years. Penisson does not know what will happen to the old Fire Station 11.