The family of a fallen firefighter were among those welcoming the city’s new $3.4 million Fire Station No. 5 into service Friday and bidding farewell to the 23-year-old station that was demolished last year to make room for its successor.
The new fire station, at 2921 E. Randol Mill Road, is nearly triple the size of the one built in 1963 in the booming Great Southwest Industrial Park.
The 10,036-square-foot replacement station includes a memorial to Ron McAndrew, who died while fighting a four-alarm fire in north Arlington on Nov. 14, 1990.
“This fire station being dedicated to him means so much for our family,” Brandi Tieman, McAndrew’s daughter, said in a story on the city’s website. “We have never lost contact with the Arlington Fire Department.”
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A Maltese cross displaying McAndrew’s badge number 94 stands outside the station. Hanging on the walls inside are photos of him and his family and the old station.
“We have a a personal connection to the station and to the McAndrew family,” Assistant Fire Chief Jim Self said in the city website story. He and Fire Chief Don Crowson worked under McAndrew at the time of his death. “Adding his number and pictures to the new station may be a small thing, but it was important for us to never forget him or his contributions.”
By the numbers
352 Concerts, games and other major events staffed by the Fire Department in 2015
10-million-plus Visitors to the Arlington Entertainment District annually
1963 Fire Station No. 5 opened in the Great Southwest Industrial Park
3,754 Square footage of the old fire station
10,036 Square footage of the new fire station