Grand Opening of Firehouse 9
Amarillo Fire Department will be hosting the Grand Opening of Firehouse 9, located at 2015 Paramount Blvd, on Friday. November 8, 2019. The event will begin at 3 p.m. with a brief ceremony that will include speakers from AFD and City Leaders. AFD Honor Guard and Amarillo Fire Department Pipes and Drums will also be participating. This event is open to the public. Following the ceremony, Firehouse 9 will be available for tours. Light refreshments will be provided. The Grand Opening will conclude at 5 p.m.
Firehouse 9 is the second Firehouse to be constructed this year. This firehouse, along with Firehouse 3 and the construction of Firehouse 5 (slated to begin in early 2020), are the result of Proposition 2, voted on in 2016, which resulted in $20,080,000 being authorized for adding, upgrading and repairing facilities for City of Amarillo public safety departments.
The construction of Firehouse 9 relocates this Fire Company’s location from 34th and Western to its current location, 2015 Paramount Blvd. This location was chosen through an intensive and comprehensive Accreditation process by AFD. Through this process, incident numbers and locations, as well as response times and capabilities were analyzed. It was determined that by relocating Firehouse 9 to its current location, the citizens of Amarillo would be better served by AFD.
The former location of Fire Station 9, at 34th and Western, will temporarily house the firefighters from Fire Station 5 (3200 S. Washington) as that Fire Station is demolished and rebuilt. The Firehouse 5 project will be the final AFD project stemming from Proposition 2, and should be completed in late 2020. There will be no lapse in coverage or customer service provided by AFD during this period of growth and transition.
Firehouse 9 will continue to house a single company – Engine 9. This Engine, in late November, will also become AFD’s second Paramedic Engine – providing the highest level of patient care and customer service to the citizens in Amarillo.
It is the goal of Amarillo Fire Department for residents and businesses surrounding any of our Firehouses to take pride and ownership of these neighborhood landmarks. AFD would like to encourage the public to attend this event.