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Winterproof Your Fire Station

Many of you will read the title of this article and laugh at the thought of winter in the Carolinas – especially when it’s the middle of fall and still 85 degrees outside! However, the Carolinas are ... Read More...

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The Weight of Water

In this edition I share the story of a three town Fire Protection District needing a new apparatus repair facility. Like most agencies, they were on a tight budget. The search committee settled on an... Read More...

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Guns and Hoses Planning a Shared Public Safety Facility

If you have ever been involved in the planning and construction of any building, you are more than aware that it can be both a challenging, yet hopefully rewarding experience.  Read More...

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The Element of Surprise What Lingers Within Your Construction Project?

One of the most rewarding projects a design-build general contractor can take on is one in his own town and neighboring community. I have recently been able to complete a project just like this and w... Read More...

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The Story Behind a Design-Build Contractor

Every project has a story and every story starts with a dream, a want, or maybe a need that moves from ideas to groundbreaking. Read More...

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Hurricane Season 2018: Preparing Your Fire Department

Hurricanes and severe storms in 2017 delivered a devastating blow across the Atlantic, from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands to the U.S. mainland. According to the National Oceanic and Atmosph... Read More...

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Trends That Are Impacting Fire Station Design

If you have been in the fire and rescue industry very long, you have witnessed many trends. Most trends turn out to be just fads that will quickly fade away. But some trends prove beneficial over the... Read More...

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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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Issue 32.4 | Fall 2018

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