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The First 5 Steps to Start Building a Fire Station

Step 1 – Facility Review

A facility review should have two primary components; conditions of the existing
building and an operational review. The condition assessment will include a review
of the building envelope and mechanical and electrical systems to determine their
functionality and continued serviceability and ability to support additional loads if an
addition is contemplated. Energy efficiency should be considered as well.

The operational review will determine if your facility is operationally efficient and
functional for your department. A sound building could still potentially be problematic.
Older facilities in particular may have challenges with PPE gear stored in bays and
behind vehicles, lack of drive through bays that restrict access to vital equipment,
and smaller doors that lead to mishaps with today’s larger equipment.

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