Fire stations serve a number of purposes. Many are named for the primary fire company or apparatus they house. Others are named simply for their location. Generally, fire stations have a garage for at least one fire engine and a building that stores other equipment. The fire engine is the station’s most important piece of equipment. Many fire stations have warning signs and traffic signals on approaches. Listed below are some of the most common functions of fire stations.
Among the many services provided by fire stations are training exercises and regular inspections. Some fire companies also hold public activities at their fire stations, such as fund-raising activities and “fire prevention week.”
An apparatus bay supports fire departments’ operations by providing a secure storage area for medical supplies and SCBA. Other support functions include cleaning and maintaining apparatus and equipment, secure storage for fire-fighting equipment, and specialized areas for disinfecting protective equipment. Administrative spaces include training rooms, standard office areas, and conference rooms. Some fire stations also house a chief’s office, complete with sleeping accommodations. Some facilities may also have a dispatch room.
The Fire Department has two fire stations in Charlotte. Station #5 is the home of the Engine Company, and was built with input from community members and stakeholders. It also houses the department’s Training Division and an all-terrain utility vehicle (ATV). Aside from being home to firefighters, the station also houses administrative offices and the fire prevention division. In addition, the Chestnut Road station opened on August 11, 1963 and is home to four personnel and a single engine company.
In the early twentieth century, the Art Commission of New York City reviewed many FDNY projects. They included the creation of fire alarm boxes and over 60 fire stations in the five boroughs. In the 20th century, the FDNY started to employ both outside architects and in-house architects. It is important to note that FDNY architects were paid by the city, which led to uniformity in the fire equipment. Its mission is to ensure that every fire station in the city meets federal standards.