Galveston, TX – August 7, 2019 – The City of Galveston invites members of the public to join us for the Grand Opening of Fire Station 1 in downtown Galveston!
The City of Galveston will commemorate the opening of Fire Station 1 with a fire hose uncoupling ceremony and tour of the new station during a Grand Opening on Wednesday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fire Station 1, 823 26th Street, is slated for completion this month and firefighters will begin moving into the new station. The current Fire Station in the City Hall annex will be demolished later this year.
“This is a state-of-the-art fire facility that will better serve GFD and the residents who depend on its services,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “This building is not only a huge asset for the Galveston Fire Department but also a new landmark for downtown Galveston.”
The Grand Opening will begin at 10 a.m. with brief opening comments from Fire Chief Mike Wisko, Mayor James Yarbrough and City Manager Brian Maxwell. Following the speakers, GFD Chaplain Kelley Vaughan will bless the building and members of the team who worked on this project will participate in a fire hose uncoupling ceremony. Residents and the public will then be invited to tour the building.
“We look forward to moving into the new fire station where the firefighters will have adequate storage for the department’s equipment, space for training exercises and updated living areas,” Fire Chief Mike Wisko said.
The new fire station is 27,720 square feet and includes important upgrades, such as more indoor storage to keep equipment protected from the island climate. The building’s base is also raised 11 feet above ground level to protect it during storms. The fire station was built using Hurricane Ike recovery aid.
Please join us to celebrate this important addition to the City of Galveston!