A high-quality fire station alerting system represents a large expenditure in an agency’s budget. It’s crucial that the committee assigned to write an RFP asks the right questions.
It is the place firefighters go to grab a meal, have "kitchen table talk," and congregate, and it can be rather small or rival a commercial kitchen in design and functionality. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Welcome to Germany, where fire stations with more than 30 bays are common. PAUL FRENZEL
Make sure you spend as much time working to keep your firefighters safe at the station as you do keeping themselves on the rig and fireground.
This is not a top 16 list but is simply a random list of ideas we find ourselves repeating to our clients and those in the preplanning stage.
The Phoenix G2 Fire Station Alerting System features illuminated speakers in the ceilings in all rooms, scrolling message signs in all rooms and hallways, and a strobe light in the apparatus bay.
Manufacturers offer specialized communications equipment that is designed to get a department's apparatus off the fire station floor and out the door to the emergency easier, safer, and faster. ALAN M. PETRILLO
One fire department’s maintenance facility replaced old metal halide lights with energy-efficient LED lights, with dramatic results in terms of energy savings and cost savings. VICKY BROADUS
It is the fire station fire. Earlier in the year, I received an inquiry on this subject from an architect who specializes in fire station design. His inquiry was as follows: "It turns out that, on average, 50 fire stations burn each year. Recently a two-year-old station burned. I imagine that the fires begin in a fire truck. Do you think it is possible to put enough water in the bay to stop a fire that starts in a truck?"
When fire stations are equipped with Coxreels products and safety equipment, the essential hose and cable lines in the fire stations are better organized and more efficient, as they are no longer trip hazards.