The following article was acquired from the Community Impact Newspaper, and was authored by Nora Olabi. Click here to read the news release in its entirety.
Pearland Fire Department grapples with emergency response times as population continues to boom
“While Pearland has enjoyed rapid development, the Pearland Fire Department (PFD) has struggled to keep pace with that growth.”
“In an effort to improve response times and save lives, the results of a six-month commissioned study of the PFD was released outlining staffing needs and operational areas of improvement.”
“The city of Pearland’s population has skyrocketed from roughly 38,000 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, to nearly 120,000 as of January, according to city estimates.”
“While the city has grown, the number of fires has remained relatively stable. However, fires still account for the most dollars lost of all emergencies.”
“The challenge for us is not to just keep [PFD] where it’s at, but to grow it as we get bigger and more complicated over time. That’s why we engaged with Citygate to get a roadmap to keep up and stay ahead of the demands,” Pearland City Manager Clay Pearson said.”