SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 40, located at 9401 35th Ave. NE in the Wedgwood neighborhood, during an open house on Aug. 10, 2013, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Our firefighters play an important role in this tight-knit community,” says Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “Here is a chance for the residents to meet their local firefighters, learn more about their lifesaving techniques and see their improved work facility.”
Fire Station 40 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1974, Fire Station 40 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet the current earthquake safety standards. Interior remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2 million project.
“The seismic retrofit will help our firefighters protect public safety and respond to natural disasters,” says Mayor Mike McGinn. “I invite the public to come check out their newly upgraded, seismically sound fire station.”
Fire Station 40 houses one engine company (E40) with four firefighters and one reserve engine. The construction project was completed in phases while the station remained occupied and active, with the crew living on the east side of the station while construction occurred on the west side. The crew and contractor then traded places to finish the remaining work.
The entire wood structure was seismically renovated, with a special focus on the tall hose tower. Interior renovations include an upgraded beanery (aka kitchen), a remodeled physical training room, reconfigured bunk and living space, a new dayroom area east of the apparatus bay, and revised office space to improve efficiency of work spaces. Additionally, existing space was converted into an apparatus bay support area, providing decontamination equipment and crew preparation and vehicle maintenance functions.
The Fire Station 40 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by TCA Architecture and Planning of Seattle, and built by Mike Werlech Construction of Seattle. Construction began in the Fall of 2012 and was completed in May 2013, a month ahead of schedule.