Whether you are building a new fire station or upgrading the existing one, you will need to consider several aspects of fire station design and construction. Designing a fire station is not only about maximizing functionality, but it is also about ensuring that the station meets the needs of the community. Some stations include housing for firemen, while others offer fire safety education to the community.
Some stations offer free smoke alarms for all residents. In addition, some stations offer free fire safety inspections, as well as free CPR and life safety training.
Aside from housing, fire stations typically include administrative, training, and industrial areas. These areas often include offices, conference rooms, training facilities, and other standard facilities. These areas are often divided into subspaces, which are designed to accommodate the needs of various departments. Depending on the station, these areas may also include kitchens, dining rooms, and other social spaces.
Typically, fire stations include at least one fire engine garage. This garage will typically include a heavy-duty lift, all utility connections, and space for storing firefighting equipment. Depending on the fire station’s mission, some stations may also have offices for the chief and a dispatch room.
Fire stations are often designed with a fireman’s pole, which is an invention that allows firefighters to quickly descend to the fire engine garage. Modern fire protection agencies argue that this is a safety hazard. In addition to fireman’s poles, firefighters may also use other methods to get down to the fire engine garage, such as a ladder or dog catcher.