By Peter Ricci
Area officials, firemen and residents were on hand Friday to help break ground on a new Lake Conroe Fire Department station in Woodforest, a master-planned community spearheaded by The Johnson Development Corp.
Actual construction of the station, the fourth for the fire department, should begin in about a week and is expected to take about seven months to complete. The facility will have two garage bays, a kitchen, a workout facility and space to sleep for up to eight firemen.
Leonard Mikeska, the Lake Conroe fire department chief, said the station’s construction is a natural progression in Woodforest’s growth.
“With the growth occurring in Woodforest and continued growth expected, we needed a fire department in the area,” he said. “This station will easily handle any emergency calls and motor accidents in Woodforest … having a station in Woodforest will drastically reduce our on-scene arrival time in the community, hopefully saving homes and lives.”
The fire station is being built at 2675 Woodforest Parkway North, a two-acre parcel deeded to the fire department for $10 by The Johnson Development Corp. Construction of the station, contracted to LDF Construction, will cost approximately $1.5 million.
Virgil Yoakum, the general manager of Woodforest, also spoke to the benefits of the new station.
“Having a fire station so close will be of great benefit to Woodforest residents and the immediate area, especially in emergency situations when even a few minutes can make a tremendous difference,” Yoakum said.
For a detailed rending of what the new station will look like, click here.
(Pictured above are: Janice Murphy, commissioner of Montgomery County Emergency Services District; Dick Austin, ESD No. 3 board member; Lake Conroe Fire Chief Leonard Mikeska; Ken Conatser, general manager of Montgomery County Utility District No. 3; Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest; Ray Holiday, architect with BRW Architects; and Lynn Foster with LDF Construction.)