Storage options include purpose-built lockers with lockable security doors and units that are open to the air to allow the turnout gear to dry faster. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Alerting systems for fire departments have come a long way from using simple sirens, bells, or whistles.
There are many options available to fire departments for apparatus room floor coverings, as well as different levels of protection for those floors.
Fire department personnel and designers consider ease of fire apparatus egress, keeping out inclement weather, and visual appeal when designing doors for new stations or retrofitting them in older stations.
Some considerations before you design a station that you will have to live with for years to come. DON COLLINS
Controlling firefighter diesel exhaust exposure is one of the easiest things fire departments can do in the name of health and safety. Here is a rundown on various diesel exhaust systems available. CHRIS Mc LOONE
By picking the best team possible, developing key relationships, carefully choosing an architectural and design firm, and avoiding some common design and construction mistakes, you, too, can build a phenomenal fire station. A fire station design consultant tells you how to get started. DAVID HARTMAN
The most pronounced change in fire station design over the past 40 years is also the most obvious—construction costs, increasing from $50 to $60 a square foot in the 1970s to an average of $190 to $250 today. KEN NEWELL