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 34, located at 633 32nd Ave. E. in the Madison Park neighborhood, during an open house on Nov. 16, 2013, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The remodeled fire facility ensures our firefighters will be able to protect our firefighters and equipment so that they continue to deliver a high-level of fire protection and medical services to the community,” says Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “Here is an opportunity for the residents to not only get a first-hand look at their local fire station but also a chance to meet the firefighters who serve them on a daily basis.”
Fire Station 34 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 1970, Fire Station 34 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet the current earthquake safety standards. The $1.8 million project also included interior remodeling to enhance operations.
“Our first responders need the vital tools and facilities that allow them to protect public safety and to respond to natural disasters,” says Mayor Mike McGinn. “I invite the public to come see their investment at work with this newly upgraded and seismically sound fire station.”
Fire Station 34 houses one engine company (E34) with a crew of four firefighters and a hose wagon. The remodel included seismic upgrades to the reinforced masonry walls and the concrete and wood-framed roofs. A new two-story addition provides extra space to accommodate a fitness room, decontamination room, bunker gear storage, apparatus bay storage and a battery charging station. Existing spaces also were improved: the beanery (aka kitchen) was completely remodeled; a new day room was added by capturing underutilized exterior space; the basement was renovated to include more usable storage space and a new laundry room.
In addition to seismic improvements and expanded interior spaces, the station received numerous upgrades, including a new roof, new copper piping throughout, a new fire sprinkler system, a new fire alarm system, asbestos abatement, various mechanical upgrades, new light fixtures throughout, a new emergency generator, upgrades for ADA compliance and new landscaping.
The Fire Station 34 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by ARC Architects of Seattle, and built by Western Ventures Construction of Mountlake Terrace, WA. Construction began in 2011 and was completed in October 2013.