A grand opening was held on October 23 for Station 16, 250 Hidden Creek Parkway. Station 16 is 14,000 square feet and will house ten firefighters. In addition, the three-bay station will have room for one aerial quint, one squad vehicle, and a highway blocking vehicle when at full capacity. The new fire station also includes a fully operational modern emergency operations center and a state-of-the-art alerting system that will help to reduce call processing and response times.
Fire Station 16 replaced Fire Station 2, which was built in 1995 and located at 620 Memorial Drive. The new location will offer quick access to I-35W, providing enhanced response capabilities to the City's southern border.
The fire station is numbered 16 in honor of Dawson Barnes. Barnes was a Centennial High School senior when he was tragically killed in an automobile accident in August 2019. The accident occurred at what would be the future site of the new fire station. When the fire station groundbreaking was held in October 2019, fire and city administration and city council honored Barnes's memory by assigning the station the number Barnes wore on his baseball jersey, 16.
Today, K.T. Freeman also unveiled the name of the fire apparatus that would be housed at Station 16 also will honor Barnes. Barnes had a nickname of 'The Legend', and Truck 16 is emblazoned with a graphic of the same name.