San Antonio Fire Department 2011 Annual Report
The past year has been a time of change for the San Antonio Fire Department. As a sign that our city continues to grow, we opened two new fire stations and two replacement stations in 2011, and broke ground on several additional facilities that will be completed in 2012. Fire Stations 50 and 51 opened on the South and North sides of town, respectively. Fire Station 50 was operating out of a temporary building for several years before their permanent building took shape and Fire Station 51 opened as home to the second Technical Rescue Team serving the city.
The replacements for Fire Stations 1 and 19 moved firefighters from old, small spaces into modern buildings designed to grow with the community. Fire Station 1 also added the Fire Operations Center, allowing fire and EMS shift commanders to work out of the same space.
Many initiatives introduced in 2010 saw their first full year and exceeded my expectations. The Computer Aided Dispatch system that took countless hours to install and troubleshoot managed to reduce fire and EMS response times within months of going live. Continue Reading