Station #5 is a three-bay, single story structure. It opened March 26, 1979, and serves the Pleasant Grove area in Southeast Dallas. The first-alarm district is primarily residential, with several commercial occupancies.
Little is known about the first Station #5 located at Main and Houston streets. The second #5 was built at Bryan and Hawkins streets. When it closed, Station 10 at 3801 Parry Avenue was re-named Station #5. This change was made because the communication technology of that time excluded the use of zero in a station number.
The Old Station 5 at 3801 Parry Avenue, a two-story, two-bay station still stands and is currently used as the home of the Dallas Firefighters Museum. DFD retiree Kenneth Dodd is curator; he maintains the historical equipment and books displayed in the museum. Old Tige officially went out of service at 7:00 a.m., May 1, 1975.
Station #5 firefighters keep busy when not fighting fire by building furniture, such as desks, growing a vegetable garden and planting trees.
Station #5 had had its share of excitement. One evening, a woman entered the station and met three members in the watchroom. Removing a sweater from her forearm, she revealed a .357 magnum. Cornered in the watchroom were J.G. Jenkins, Ralph Wilcher, and H.R. Baldwin (retired). Captain H.C. Wilson responded to their call. Upon entering the room he immediately evaluated the situation and wrestled the gun from the woman. The police were called to the station; they escorted the woman to an awaiting patrol car. The most dramatic fire in Station #5 history was February 26, 1984, at 11:25 p.m. The speakers opened announcing a one-alarm fire at the Golden Rule Apartments, 8201 Scyene Road (Box 232). Battalion 8 answered the fire on the first alarm; the first-arriving companies-Engine 32 and Truck 32-placed a second on the fire prior to Battalion 8's arrival. With the second alarm, firefighters from Station #5 assisted in their chief's blaze. The fire escalated to a 5 alarm before being brought under control an hour and forty-seven minutes later. The fire was spread by winds blowing up to fifty miles an hour. Exposure was a major problem as winds from the north carried sparks across the street to another complex. Firefighters quickly laid lines on the exposures and prevented serious damage to nearby structures. Two civilians suffered minor injuries as they jumped from a second-story window. The fire resulted in an estimated $2,007,000 loss and was caused by an abandoned heat source. The fire left approximately 150 people homeless in 37 degree weather.
With the area's growth, the quiet days and serene nights are gradually disappearing from Station #5. New homes are being built in the area at the rate of as many as 60 a week. Most of these homes are priced in the $60,000 range, making them attractive to first-time home owners. However, most of these houses are constructed with wood siding and all-wood decoration, posing potential fire problems. In addition to the single-family homes, several new apartment complexes also are under construction.