Fire Department Facilities
The Round Rock City Council has called an election for Nov. 5 for the issuance of tax bonds for City public safety, park and recreational, and library purposes. The estimated costs, proposed locations, proposed projects and proposed descriptions below represent possible uses of such bond proceeds. The actual projects constructed with bond proceeds are subject to change based on future economic, market and other conditions.
The City is proposing to use $16.5 million in bond proceeds to build three new fire stations, relocate Station No. 3 within its current response area and renovate Central Station.
Given current emergency response times and population growth patterns, the new stations are proposed to be located in the southeast and northwest sectors of Round Rock.
Station 3 is currently located at 1991 Rawhide Drive in southwest Round Rock. The current location has limited egress and, at 21 years old, was not designed to house male and female firefighters (Round Rock firefighters work shifts of 24 hours on, 48 hours off so the proposed improvements would provide appropriate living space). Three crews, comprised of seven personnel, operate out of Station 3. That includes a Williamson County EMS ambulance.
The Fire Department uses response times to emergency calls when determining the placement of fire stations, based on National Fire Protection Association Standard standards. The goal is to average a 6 minute response to emergencies. The goal is based on the time it takes for permanent brain damage to occur to a person without oxygen (4-6 minutes), and the time it takes after an object in a room is ignited for an entire room and its contents to erupt in flame (6-8 minutes).
Central Station, at 203 Commerce Blvd., is 31 years old and houses two crews, the Fire Marshal’s staff and the Fire Chief and his staff. Bond proceeds for the proposed renovation would allow male and female firefighters to be housed there and would include renovations to the City-owned building at 2008 Enterprise Drive located behind Central Station. The Fire Chief and Fire Marshal and their staffs would work out of that building. Emergency Management personnel, who currently report to the Fire Chief but are housed in the police headquarters, are also proposed to move into the renovated building.
Map of existing fire stations
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