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 26, located at 800 S. Cloverdale St. in the South Park neighborhood, during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Fire Station 26 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 1972, Fire Station 26 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Minor remodeling was also completed to accommodate additional equipment and to enhance operations.
Fire Station 26 houses one engine company (E26) and is one of two Seattle fire stations housing a mobile compressed air unit, which can refill spent air cylinders and deliver cylinders to wherever they are needed. The crew remained at the station during construction of this $2.5 million project.
“Engine Company 26 responded to more than 1,100 emergency responses last year assisting the residents of South Park,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “The open house is a chance for the community to get to know the firefighters who serve them on a daily basis and to see their newly remodeled fire station.”
As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, Station 26 received additional seismic bracing to meet current codes. The remodel reconfigured the existing station space to accommodate decontamination equipment as well as crew preparation and vehicle maintenance functions.
The Fire Station 26 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by TCA Architecture + Planning and built by MJ Takisaki Inc. Construction began in September 2014 and was completed in July 2015.