The City of Pearland held the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Fire Station #3, located at 3207 Yost Rd, on Saturday (Jan. 9). City leaders, Fire and Police Department employees and members of the community came out to enjoy the food, tour the facility and get a close-up look at the equipment.
The single-story station is designed to support up to 10 full-time staff members, with two pumper trucks, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and two ambulances. Employees at this station will provide fire and rescue response, emergency medical response and fire inspections.
Before the ribbon cutting, Mayor Reid and Chief Riley recognized Dr. Dien Bui for serving as Medical Director for the department for the last 17 years. Bui is also Medical Director for First Choice Emergency Room – Silverlake.
“He’s still in Pearland,” said Mayor Reid. “And like good memories, it’s important we keep good people in the community.”
“He’s been here through all the transitions,” said Assistant Chief Daniel Baum. “Originally, the old Pearland EMS was all volunteers and part-time employees. In 2005, it turned into a department with a mixture of full-time and part-time employees and then it transitioned to the Fire Department. He’s been here the whole time, providing medical guidance.”
City Manager Clay Pearson congratulated Bui as well. “I’m proud to be here, not only for the dedication of this building, but for the recognition and promotions of some of the people that serve in this facility in the important role of public service,” he said.
Driver/Operator Jaime Mendieta was promoted to the position of Lieutenant. Mendieta joined the Department in March 2011 and was promoted to Driver/Operator in May 2013. He was pinned by his wife and son.
Firefighters David Tilbury and Josiah Csiki were promoted to Driver/Operators. Tillbury joined the Department in June 2014. Csiki joined in March 2015. Both were pinned by their wives.
City Secretary Young Lorfing swore the employees in to their new position.
After the promotions, City leaders “uncoupled the hose,” declaring the Station open for business. The building also got a “wetdown” from two pumper trucks, which is a tradition when opening a new fire station.
For more information, visit http://pearlandtx.gov/departments/fire.