Rest Easy, Northside: Irvington Fire Station To Remain Open During Renovations

Northside residents had been mightily pissed at the thought that the fire station in the 4900 block of Irvington was going to be shuttered while it was renovated.

They can rest easy: HFD has announced it will keep the place up and running while the work is done.

"The decision was reached in consultation with the City of Houston General Services Department (GSD) which oversees reconstruction," HFD announced. "Officials from both departments worked together to re-assess the available space required to appropriately provide for living arrangements for on-duty firefighters while being mindful of the impact the change will have on the cost and time-frame for the renovation."

"Our goal is to provide the best services to residents while properly planning for the city's future needs," HFD Chief Terry Garrison said.

Even if it takes some grumbling and protests from residents to get it done.

Media coverage had highlighted the complaints in recent days, as the planned January 6 closing loomed.

"There are a lot of elderly people here," said one resident on TV. Elderly people who could die because of the plan.

HFD, hoping to get back in the good graces of people who oversee its budget, took special pains in its announcement to credit the relevant council member:

The plan change has been made with the engagement of Council Member Ed Gonzalez who has acted as an advocate for residents who are served by Station 30.

You forgot the word "tirelessly," HFD. Better sucking up next time.

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Richard Connelly
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