Station #36 was built in 1954 at a cost of $70,000. This single story facility, equipped with a fallout shelter and a three bay apparatus room, serves West Dallas.
Located within three blocks of the West Dallas housing projects, Station #36 often is visited by children from this area who stop to talk and look at the equipment. The firefighters have completed several major station improvement projects, such as repainting the station, installing a chain link fence around the parking lot with security lighting and rebuilding some woodwork cabinets. One frequently used project is the home made barbecue pit.
A major change in the equipment assignment that caused the engine runs to almost double was the removal of Booster 36 in 1976. Since its removal, old Booster 36 has been assigned to #16, #57 and is currently at #22. While #36 is not often first due on multiple alarms, the personnel answer multiple alarms in the industrial district and occasionally provide aid in downtown Dallas fire emergencies.
One of the memorable fires answered by Engine 36 was on August 14, 1983. The fire, at the Dunfey Dallas Hotel, 3800 West Northwest Highway, escalated to a five alarm. The fire itself was spectacular, as was the distance traveled by Engine 36. The alarm came in at 12:32 a.m. Engine 43 reported out with "fire showing on the second and third floors." Battalion 7 transmitted a second alarm. The hotel contained 604 guest rooms, and entailed four separate buildings. Because of the large threat to life, search and rescue were top priority objectives. Firefighters from Engine 41 located a semiconscious adult male on the second floor, gave him air from a mask, and then carried him safely outside the building.
Fatigue became a factor for the firefighters as the high temperature of the night began to take effect. Outstanding efforts were witnessed by commanders as personnel pressed onward, in spite of the odds, to combat the emergency. The fire had been set in at least two places. Fire spread following the arrival of companies on the scene was due to efforts being directed at search and rescue rather than extinguishment. The fire was brought under control at 2:24 a.m. Damage was reported as $550,000.