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Minnesota Fire Chief: New station helps ‘right size’ large surburb’s volunteer department

CNH Architects produced a special report for Minnesota Fire Chief magazine with information about Eagan Fire Station No. 1.

Eagan Fire Station No. 1 features clock tower, improved environmental safety and procedures, and LED lights forming “Thin Red Lines” respecting injured or lost crew

With an eye-catching clock tower and special lighting to show respect for firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty, the newly built Eagan Fire Station No. 1 caps a 10-year process to consolidate operations for the Eagan Fire Department.

Serving the west and south sections of the city, the five-bay building replaces two small outdated stations in this south suburban Twin Cities community of 67,000.  The entire plan reduces six stations to three, adds some paid staff and utilizes the efficiencies of well-planned stations aided by technology, explains Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott.

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Burnsville Fire Station No. 1: Coming Soon

CNH’s largest fire station to date, the City of Burnsville’s Fire Station No. 1 is home to a crew of all full-time firefighters and more than 44,000 SF with 10 apparatus bays. Firefighter safety was one of nine top priorities for the station. Multiple contamination zones and a designated de-contamination area will allow firefighters to keep contaminated equipment and clothing in the apparatus bay until decontaminated. Another priority in the design was firefighter mental health. A warning system that slowly ramps up with alert tones and lighting while only alerting responding staff ensures firefighters are not awoken in an abrupt manner. The station includes areas for relaxation with different lighting to promote natural sleep rhythms, as well as a yoga studio and meditation garden. Extensive firefighter training features including Firefighter 1 and advanced training elements are another highlight of the station.