Community invited to visit Seattle’s latest fire station renovation
Fire Station 8 hosts an open house Feb. 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 8, located at 110 Lee St. on Queen Anne Hill, during an open house on Feb. 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is one of 18 Seattle fire stations hosting an open house as part of Seattle’s 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day celebration.
“We want to open the doors to our new fire station which has been upgraded to better serve the neighborhood,” says Fire Chief Gregory Dean.” This is also an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters and learn about their life saving techniques.”
Fire Station 8 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.
“Public safety is the foremost responsibility of city government. The seismic retrofit will help our firefighters protect public safety and respond to natural disasters,” says Mayor Ed Murray. “I invite you all to come check out this newly upgraded, seismically sound fire station, as well as the 17 others hosting open houses on Saturday as part of Seattle’s 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day celebration.”
Improvements to the building include structural upgrades to bring the station up to current seismic safety standards. An addition was also made to the east side of the existing station that has improved and relocated the station watch office, allowing for future accommodation of a tillered aerial ladder apparatus.
Other improvements to Fire Station 8 include a new roof, window replacements and building mechanical system improvements. In addition, Fire Station 8 now has a contamination area, bunker gear storage, additional apparatus storage, vehicle maintenance functions, major disaster and EMS storage, and a battery charging area.
The Fire Station 8 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by SHKS Architects, and built by In Store Services Inc. of Seattle. Construction began October 2012 and was completed in October 2013.