3305 S. Expressway 83
Brownsville, Texas 78521
Phone: (956) 547-3100
Fax: (956) 547-3174
The former Port Isabel Station, now named the Fort Brown Station (FTB), was originally located at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center. The Port Isabel station's primary objective was to perform boat patrol operations along the inter-coastal waterways.
They also performed employer sanctions activities and responded to other local, state, and federal agencies. With the inception of Operation Rio Grande in 1997, the area of responsibility (AOR) of the station grew to include 53 river miles. In July of 1998, the 3,000 square foot facility, originally constructed for a staff of 25, was outgrown due to staffing increases. The extremely limited space had caused severe problems for all personnel both operationally and administratively.
In February of 2002, the Port Isabel Station relocated to a new facility directly in front of the Veteran's International Bridge, located at 3305 S. Expressway 83, Brownsville, Texas. Due to the rich history of the area, the new station was aptly named the "Fort Brown" Station in honor of a military fort that existed during the Mexican/American war by the same name. Fort Brown Station is a 35,000 square foot facility with a detached 6000 square foot automotive maintenance shop.
The Fort Brown Station is responsible for a large area of responsibility that includes 53 river miles stretching from the Veterans Bridge to the Gulf of Mexico. The station is also responsible for the Gulf of Mexico, from the mouth of the Rio Grande River north to the Port Mansfield jetties, an area that encompasses 40 coastal miles.