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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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Building a Functional Firehouse Know What You Don’t Know

I know I have mentioned it before and those of you who have visited my website have also seen it. My only goal is the creation of maintainable, durable, func-tional firehouses. This issue deals with ... Read More...

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Pitfalls to Avoid During Station Construction

(This is part two of a two-part series.) The planning, design and construction of your station, whether new or renovation, is one of the most rewarding endeavors that you will ever take on. Ye... Read More...

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My New Fire Truck Won’t Fit In My Station!

As a design-build company, we often receive phone calls from fire departments who want to buy a new truck, but the new designs won’t fit into their current bays. Sometimes we hear from departments th... Read More...

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Steps to Take for a Functional Building

For three years I have been sharing my experience and opinions on the design and construction of firehouses and firehouse remodels. This issue continues the theme but with a twist. It doesn’t matter ... Read More...

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Sharing Your New Station May Save Money

While the overall economy has experienced a lack-luster performance since the Great Recession of 2008-2011, the construction industry is booming. If you are in construction, the benefits of the incre... Read More...

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Protecting Our First Responders and Their Facilities

Rural fire districts, volunteer fire stations and rural emergency response facilities are faced with the growing problem of keeping stations safe and secure. After equipment and facilities are in pla... Read More...

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Issue 32.2 | Fall 2017

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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