Firefighters set up shop at Argyle Middle School
by Susan Neuhalfen
The Argyle Middle School PTO welcomed the Flower Mound Fire Department Station 6 to the new school with a reception on Tuesday, September 20, that included Argyle ISD Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright, Argyle Middle School Principal Scott Gibson and Flower Mound Fire Chief Eric Greaser.
Station 6 will actually be housed out of Argyle Middle School while their temporary station is being built. Due to weather delays in the building of the station as well as an immediate need for the growing area, a quick fix was needed and together with Argyle ISD a solution beneficial to both sides came to be.
“We found ourselves in the unique situation to have the space available,” said Dr. Wright speaking to the members of the Flower Mound Fire Department. “I spoke with the members of the school board and everyone is very supportive of having you here and we appreciate your being here very much.”
Because the middle school is expected to eventually become the high school, there was a life skills classroom built which is, at this time, not being used. The classroom is set up like an apartment with a full working kitchen, a bathroom with shower, washer and dryer, a bedroom area and a large living area for their computer and communications station as well as a television for their off-time. A room in the back holds the gear for each shift and with the truck parked right outside they are ready at anytime for a call.
“Who knew Argyle Middle School would come online to be temporary station #6?” joked Flower Mound Fire Chief Eric Greaser. “We look forward to being long term partners with the school and the district as well as mentors to the students here.”
The fire chief went on to say that they plan to help inspire good choices for the kids and help them to make good career choices as well in case they have an interest in becoming first responders.The staff at Argyle emphasized that it’s very exciting for students to see EMTs on campus every day. There is also a sense of reassurance to know first responders are here in the building.
Fire Captain Jody Bruce said that the firefighters plan to be all over the school blending in as much as possible and even working out with the kids in the weight room.
“As long as we’re in house, we’re willing to help out in any way,” said Bruce. “Just think of us as part of the faculty.”
Bruce discussed the fact that every firefighter must go through an extensive background check and very few are actually accepted to the academy although the demand has continued to increase for firefighters in our area. Every one of the firefighters not only has fire training but every one of them is also a paramedic.
The temporary station, located in Canyon Falls, should be completed in November of this year. It will house the fire department until a new piece of property comes available to build a joint police and fire station. It is important to find land somewhere on the west side of the railroad tracks so that they won’t be cut off by the train. Emergency Management Officer Brandon Barth believes that will become a reality in the next two to three years.
“The temporary building will then become a public works facility after the new location is built,” said Barth.
Barth as well as the fire chief were quick to note, however, that even once they move to their new location, they plan to maintain a good, positive relationship with the staff and students at Argyle Middle School.
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