SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Smith County Emergency Services District No. 2 held ground breaking ceremonies for two new fire stations this week.
The groundbreaking for the new Flint-Gresham Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 1 took place Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11029 CR 140 in Flint.
Construction is expected to start in the next few weeks and completed, according to Smith County ESD No. 2 Battalion Chief J.D. Smith. The project is expected to be completed in about 10 months.
“It’s going to be replacing the station that was built in 1974 that’s been plagued with some electrical problems. It’s been renovated over the years and at this point, we have a difficult time sometimes to get our fire trucks into the station as they’re getting bigger and the station wasn’t built to accommodate that,” Smith said.
The new station will also feature a training room, something the old station doesn’t.
“They’re going to have a nice facility here in the community to be able to respond to calls. There are more calls these days then they were in the past, and this community down here is growing so it will serve this community well,” Smith said.
Another groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier this week for a new station being built at 201 Arnold Street. That’s the future location of the new Arp Fire Station No. 1. That station also will replace the current one that was built in the 1970s.
Smith County ESD 2 includes Arp, Bullard, Chapel Hill, Dixie, Flint Gresham, Jackson Heights, Noonday, Red Springs, Troup, Winona, and Whitehouse volunteer fire departments.