Hours after opening a new station, firefighters saved a 3-year-old in record response time

Posted at 12:41 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 13:41:46-05

KATY, TX — Firefighters at a newly constructed fire station in Katy saved a drowning 3-year-old in record response time, just hours after the station’s grand opening.

Following the grand opening of Fire Station No. 2 on Saturday, the station started taking calls. Nearly 30 hours later, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a drowning.

A 3-year-old boy was reportedly drowning at the Homewood Suites pool.

Crews from the newly opened Fire Station No. 2 were able to respond to the hotel pool in just 47 seconds, setting a record for response time.

Firefighters and EMS immediately performed CPR and were able to revive the young boy.

Fire Chief Russell Wilson said one of the firefighters was at the station during a personnel changeover period and physically ran from the station to the hotel pool to assist.

The boy was taken to a local hospital and is stable condition.

“Our goal in building Station No. 2 was to provide improved response time south of I-10. Within 30 hours of opening, due to the location of the station and the excellent training of our personnel, a 3-year-old’s life was saved,” said Mayor Chuck Brawner. “If this call had been dispatched out of Fire Station No. 1, it could have been a completely different outcome.”