|Station #9 moved into their new station, located at 2002 Cool Mist Lane
on the service road of C.F. Hawn Freeway in 1989. This was a welcome
move from the old remodeled City Hall / Police Station / Fire Station that
had housed the station since the annexation.
Station #9 opened on April 1, 1978, to protect the newly annexed former
City of Kleberg. Prior to the Dallas Fire Department's assuming emergency
responsibilities, the Kleberg Volunteer Fire Department operated several
pieces of emergency equipment, which became property of the City of Dallas.
Dallas subsequently replaced much of this equipment. The original Captains
opening Station #9 were E. R. Sipes, (now Battalion 4), retired J. O. Blakely,
and the late Jimmy Don Beets.
With Station #9 as the first paramedic engine company, DFD experienced "growing
pains" in adapting to this dual apparatus assignment. The Computer Assisted
Dispatch system frequently required manual override. The computer recognized
Engine 9 and 709 as two separate identities, thus assigning that particular
apparatus as both the engine and the MICU for the run. The Communications
Division then would have to manually assign either a second engine or dispatch
an MICU to assist the company. However, the dual apparatus concept has proven
to be useful and cost-effective. Currently the Dallas Fire Department has
two other paramedic engines.
A knowledge of area residents was needed during those first days of Station
#9 since many calls for help came directly to the station with the only
location reference being a particular family's house. Without the aid of
block numbers, cross streets or boxes, the new members at Station #9 initially
relied on a former Kleberg Volunteer Fire Department Captain who monitored
calls and provided directions.
Prior to being a Dallas Fire Department Station the building served as Kleberg
City Hall/Police Station/Fire Station. (The building was divided into three
different rooms without connecting doors.) The first few weeks of DFD station
life were quite hectic since the only amenities were running water and one
bathroom. Without a kitchen, crews ate meals at a nearby café while monitoring
the radio. The bedroom was also minus a wall. Personnel hung a tarp temporarily
for a makeshift wall; however, this caused problems with night insects "bugging"
the firefighters. All this has since changed, with the addition of new kitchen
facilities, a new bathroom, and renovation to the bedroom. Plans already
are underway to construct a new fire station two blocks away.
One of the funniest of Station #9's calls occurred on B Shift. The speakers
opened announcing: "709, injured person. This will be a person struck by
a goat." Firefighter/Paramedics arrived to find an elderly woman who, while
bent over pulling weeds, was struck by a pet billy goat. The injuries were
minor. Paramedics left the scene after rendering sympathetic support.