The Woodlands Central Fire Station located on Grogans Mill was built in 1979. Since then it has been called a second home to hundreds of firefighters. Several years ago structural defects started appearing. With every heavy rain would come a river down the hallway. Firefighters had seen this so often that they were able to put buckets in exactly the right spots to catch the water.
The Woodlands Township finally decided things needed to change and a new fire station was designed. The new station which will house two engine companies, dispatch, the Emergency Operations Center and room allocated for the Fire Marshal.
The plan calls for the new station to be complete by March 2013. To make room for the new station crews demolished the old station today. As firefighters, contractors and Township members looked on, the track-hoe made it’s first swing at 11 a.m. The initial strike was made at one side of the bay doors and then the opposite side. Moments later the Central Fire Station sign dropped to the ground.
At one point crews had to stop work to remove some additional materials left behind. One swing of the boom took out the front of a locker exposing some neatly hung uniforms. They were soon recovered and the demolition continued.
The fire station replaced the first Woodlands fire station which was located in the same location which was then the dead end of Grogan’s Mill. When it was built in the early 70’s it was an open building housing the engines.Across the one lane road was a mobile home which housed the firefighters.
For the past few weeks the station also served as a training center. Crews practiced ventilation techniques by cutting holes in the roof in many places. They were also able to use the structure to train in without having to worry about damaging walls or doors.