Today, Mayor G.T. Bynum, Fire Chief Michael Baker, and Tulsa City Councilors celebrated the unveiling of Fire Station 33, 4109 S. 134th East Ave., with a special hose uncoupling ceremony.
Hose uncoupling is a fire service tradition similar to a ribbon cutting ceremony. Two hoses that had been hooked together are separated, or uncoupled, representing when firefighters finish extinguishing a fire, unhook the hoses, drain the water and put the hoses back on fire trucks to be ready for the next time they are needed.
“This station has been a long-time coming for the east Tulsa community and our Tulsa Fire Department,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This new station supports our ongoing efforts to ensure all Tulsans receive timely service and to keep with our Tulsa Fire Department’s Insurance Services Offices Rating of No. 1. I want to thank the citizens of Tulsa for making this station and the staffing a priority by voting for the various funding packages that made this station a possibility.”
“The opening of Tulsa Fire Station 33 marks an important milestone in the Tulsa community's life and fire safety protection,” Fire Chief Michael Baker said. “As our city grows to the east, we are ensuring that our firefighters will not only be able to respond promptly, but also save lives and minimize the loss of property. Station 33 also reduces the demand upon the city’s busiest fire station resulting in an increased unit availability and improved firefighter health and wellness.”
Funding for this new fire station has come from the 2001 Third Penny Sales Tax and the first Improve Our Tulsa package. The Public Safety Sales Tax, which was approved in 2016 with the Vision Tulsa sales tax, has provided funding to hire more firefighters so this new station will be fully staffed.
“District 6 population continues to build east in steady growth, and this new fire station will help serve those increasing demands,” District 6 City Councilor Connie Dodson said. “It has been an honor to work with the various departments and funding sources to complete this critical addition to our public safety network.”
The architect for the project was Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, and the contractor was Voy Construction. Construction began in October 2020.