The Avon (CO) Police Department and Eagle River (CO) Fire Protection District (ERFPD) need to replace inadequate facilities and evaluated the idea of a station that would serve both entities. The joint station would also help meet future population projections.
A site was chosen that would help reduce response times for both agencies, and the public safety departments chose Davis Partnership Architects to design the new facility.
The firm’s design team worked with stakeholders from several departments. There were limitations at the site selected, so firefighter living spaces are located immediately above the apparatus bay third floor rather than on the ground level. To get to the apparatus bay, firefighters can use a pole, a slide, or two sets of stairs. Most police functions are on the second floor, and there is a shared training/meeting space for the fire and police departments.
The new station also features a variety of training elements built in.For example, the training and hose tower allow firefighters to simulate various emergency scenarios that require ladders rope, safety net, operating equipment in a confined space, and require response to multistory structures. The training tower area was built to handle hose training.
The new station is expected to support the needs and goals of departments for at least 50 years.