The town of Queen Creek, Arizona, has grown rapidly in the past 10 years, nearly doubling its population to 42,500 residents living in its 30-square-mile area. With the increase in population, housing, and commercial enterprises, the town needed to upgrade its fire protection facilities.
In this article, Plymovent has identified four indoor air quality trends that are shaping fire/EMT design, based on our distributors’ discussions with the fire service community and architectural and engineering firms.
The final layout, selected by the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department and the City of Dallas, provides a direct line of travel from the bunk rooms to the apparatus bay, while providing unique drive-through bay capabilities.
Technology is having an impact on firefighters in numerous ways, from apparatus to equipment to components and, more recently, in the fire stations in which they live, work, and train.
The fire apparatus bays feature glazed four-fold doors flanked by steel columns that support a canopy system.
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) housed an engine, ladder, and battalion chief in an older station that had cramped and outdated quarters on the northern edge of he Bronx, and wanted to renovate the structure and expand the building to house a battalion chief's apparatus bay as well as to provide an adequate size space for the three elements to function well.
The new station is a one-story structure of 12,500 square feet, with two 80-foot-long, double-deep, drive-through apparatus bays and support spaces on a side wall holding SCBA storage, a decon room, turnout gear storage room, a shop, and a general storage room.
This Washington, D.C. station was designed in 1935 for Engine 16, and is one of the first buildings commissioned by the District of Columbia. The building is three stories with a partial basement. Fire equipment and common spaces were on the first floor, living quarters on the second floor, and the “Fire and Police Clinic”...
All the stations were deficient in a number of ways, and some had operational and firefighter health and safety issues. The city decided the solution to its firehouse problems was centralization of all six fire companies into a single station.
As far as the exhibits at this year’s FDIC International, my biggest takeaway was washing machines for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).