Round Rock received a new fire station on Thursday, marking the third new fire station to open in the northwest suburban area in the last month.
On May 16, the Sam Bass Fire Department Fire Station No. 3 opened after a grand opening ceremony at noon. The station, located on 2351 Great Oaks Drive in Round Rock, is the third station of the Sam Bass Fire Department. The new station will provide residents north of Brushy Creek, an area where flooding often occurs and has already this year, with fire facilities that can allow for quick response times.
The new fire station was opened in concurrence with the Emergency Services District 2, a voter-created government agency that provides emergency services to areas in Williamson County.
“The new station means quicker response times to unincorporated areas north of Brushy Creek, and additional support for a growing area of our district,” said ESD No. 2 President Thomas Nanninga. Response times for the area averaged seven minutes, but with the new station the goal for response time is four, he said.
The event began with speeches by various department and city officials and included a fire house uncoupling to commemorate the opening, a tradition when a new fire station is opened.
Another tradition utilized at the event was the showcasing of the new station’s tones for emergency dispatchers and the moving of the first fire truck into the station.
"This fire station has been long in the planning," said Williamson County Precinct One Commissioner Terry Cook.
Though other fire stations around the area can assist during fires north of Brushy Creek, "County citizens are paying taxes to ESD 2 and expect services from them," Cook said.
The Sam Bass Fire Department is separate from the Round Rock Fire Department and began as a volunteer fire department in the 1980s.
Station 3, which opened on the heels of another station opening in Cedar Park, was built under a contract with Chasco Constructors, a Round Rock based construction company responsible for projects like Brushy Creek Road and the CHASCO Family YMCA.
Construction for the station began in early 2018 and was finished in April of this year for $4.5 million. Brinkley Sargent Wiginton was the architect for the building.