Built in 1962, Station #49 serves Southwest Dallas and Executive Airport.
Station No. 49 used to be known as one of the "slower" stations. That has changed. Engine and Truck 49 were number one in the city in number of runs made in Fiscal Year 2000 -- 2001 and remain near the top this year. In their spare time around the station the personnel assigned stay busy. With all three shifts participating, firefighters completely sanded, applied bonding material, and repainted Truck 49. On numerous occasions they have repaired minor equipment or fixed station problems. These firefighters are well qualified as "fixers" since their various off duty jobs include pest control, painting, welding, woodworking, and small engine repair.
The personnel at Station No. 49 are noted for their dedication: almost everyone on all three shifts has been assigned there at least ten years. Bobby Simmons, 1985 DFD Driver of the Year, B shift, was at the station the day it opened. An initial problem encountered the first few weeks after the station's opening was the ceiling plaster falling in large chunks. The contractors were recalled to repair the problem. Comments one member, "This is the only station in Dallas where we wear our firefighting helmets to walk around the station!"
The most memorable fire the Station answered was the five alarm fire December 25, 1981, at 101 Wynnewood Village, Zang and Illinois. The most significant aircraft crash occurred on February 20, 1979 when a four passenger single engine airplane enroute from Abilene to Dallas struck lighting fixtures southeast of the intersection of L. B. Johnson Freeway and U.S. Highway 67, near Redbird Mall, which resulted in four fatalities.
Station No. 49 has some of the longer response times in the Department, particularly when Truck 49 responds to "The Woods," on box alarms with Engine 12. Generally the truck is disregarded before arriving on location. Because Station No. 49 also serves Redbird Airport, any time Engine 49 and Truck 49 are dispatched on an emergency that the officer anticipates an estimated time out of service of greater than fifteen minutes, a fill in engine company automatically is sent to the station to operate the crash equipment if needed.
In January 1977, firefighters were assigned the unusual task of de-icing the Goodyear blimp. Years ago, when the blimp would land in the field adjacent to the station, firefighters would hose and suds the blimp before take-off.