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10 Years After

I recently paid a visit to a fire station I opened 10 years ago last November. The idea was to see how the building was holding up, to see if the choices we made were correct and to see what we misse... Read More...

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Why Should You Use an Architect with Significant Fire Station Design Experience?

If your organization is planning to renovate or build a new fire/rescue station, is there any benefit to using an architect who has significant fire/rescue station experience?  After all, any quality... Read More...

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Contractors and Architects: The Foundation of Success

Starting a new project? Do you have a building committee? Do you have land? Do you know what you want to build? Do you have money? What do I do next? Read More...

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We Need a New Station Now What?

If you are like most fire chiefs, you may often think — more likely dream — about building a new fire station. You make a mental checklist of all the things you’d want or need to have once you get th... Read More...

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Luck of the Irish (Luck Had Nothing to Do With It)

Last issue I shared with you a sad story about a small volunteer fire department in a small town. Let us all hope that tale of woe never happens to any of you. Read More...

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Fire Station Construction Should Be a Team Sport

Like fighting a fire, to deliver a successful construction project takes the work of many people to achieve your goal. I’m not a fireman and have never been on a fire call, but I assume that fighting... Read More...

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Built to Suit and Built to Last

Everyone wants to know, “what’s the best way to build it” and in so many cases, the best way is hinged on so many aspects that dig deeper than “best.” Recently, while working on a project that had a ... Read More...

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Minimizing Cancer Risk Through Station Design

(This is part one of a two part series.) Serving your community as a firefighter has always been recognized as a dangerous, yet rewarding endeavor.  Most of the dangers have been fairly easy t... Read More...

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Upgrade Your Resources, Combine Your Station

There is a growing trend within the Design-Build industry from city managers and elected officials to chiefs and facility administrators — combining like services under one roof. Many aspects have to... Read More...

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Finding Comfort: Proper Recovery From Severe and Chronic Stress

(This is part three of a three part series.) Throughout recent articles we’ve discussed the importance of self-assessment, prevention of unnecessary stress and understanding the importance o... Read More...

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Concrete, PVC and a Cyclone Fence A Cautionary Tale

This issue we start in Japan. A very famous Japanese movie director, Akira Kurosawa, made a movie called “Rashomon.” It is a story of six people; all telling different versions of the murder of a sam... Read More...

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Know All the Avenues to Procure Construction of Your New Station

In today’s market, purchasing construction can be a very challenging and time-consuming undertaking. It often involves multiple people — from procurement directors to station chiefs to board of commi... Read More...

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Assess Your Station Before Building or Renovating

Building or renovating your station can be a daunting task. I was recently meeting with a fire department for the first time and was asked, “Can you give us a list of the things we need to talk about... Read More...

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Free Land: Is It Right for My New Station?

“If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” It’s the age-old saying we’ve all heard, and when we meet with a fire station that has received “free land,” we always err on the side of caution. ... Read More...

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Deconstructed Firehouse

In the 2016 Winter issue I ran an exercise where we deconstructed and reconstructed a floor plan from an existing firehouse. I mentioned at the time that I did not know where the firehouse was, its a... Read More...

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Issue 32.4 | Spring 2018

Keeping First Responders Safe
Ideas to improve safety on the job, leadership, serving our community and keeping the desire to serve others...
 



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