Built in 1966, Station #54 is a three bay station contains 8,215 square feet.
The land for #54 was donated by a property owner in the neighborhood. A tan brick building, Station #54 has a fallout shelter with civil defense radiation monitors in its basement. Originally, the station was designed for a double company, with a front and back bedroom layout. Today, the station captain sleeps in the front room, with the crew in the back.
Station #54 was the first Dallas station to have a system installed whereby an alarm sounds when the electricity shuts off, so auxiliary power can be turned on.
The newest feature at this station is the addition of a new underground diesel storage tank with reserve storage capacity to provide fuel for the entire DFD fleet.
The majority of Engine 54 calls are to assist the MICU at medical emergencies. Engine 54 is to be designated a paramedic engine in late 1985, according to DFD master plans.
Fire emergencies frequently are auto, trash, or grass fires. One #54 firefighter recalls a tire fire "that could be seen from downtown Dallas" in 1981 that burned all evening and consumed several thousand tires. Calls for Boat 54 are usually dispatched to either the Trinity River or Municipal Lake off Bexar Street.
Station #54 firefighters have had a few exciting fires. Walt Bowman, B shift, recalls Engine 54 being asked to fill in at Station #24 one night; as they were pulling onto the approach at #24, they received a run to the King Edward Village Apartments, 2707 North Buckner Blvd. Firefighters fought this five alarm blaze all night.
While Station #54 seldom answers multiple alarms in Dallas, they have answered several calls for mutual aid in surrounding cities. One such example occurred September 11, 1985. Engine 54 answered a mutual aid response to Hutchins, 913 North Main, at Kimstock Southwest Inc., a manufacturing plant of fiberglass bathroom fixtures. The Hutchins volunteer Fire Department received the call at 10 a.m., and after arriving on the scene with three firefighters and two vehicles, immediately called for mutual aid. Fire was showing through the roof and several windows of the large metal-clad building. At 10:10 a.m., Dallas Fire Department sent a first call response to Hutchins to assist in the firefighting. Shortly thereafter, a second call for mutual aid was issued by Hutchins, which brought several other Dallas companies. Upon arrival, Battalion 4 transmitted a second alarm. Fed by the contents of the building, the fire engulfed the structure in flames, causing a partial collapse. While there were no injuries incurred as a result of the blaze, the potential for such was tremendous. The fire was tapped out at 1:06 p.m., and the cause was reported as unattended sparks. Engine 54 was involved in active firefighting for more than four hours.