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CNH Architects designed a two-story fire station for the City of Plymouth Fire Department to replace an older station on the same site. The new facility will be repositioned to allow for better and faster road access, improving firefighter response times. As firefighter health and safety are a top priority in this project, gear will have its own room separate from apparatus bays to keep it clean and contaminant free. There is also separation between the apparatus/decontamination areas and the residence and administrative areas to reduce toxin transmission. A larger dayroom and kitchen better suited to meet the department’s needs provides relaxation for firefighters. Training elements include a hose drying tower that doubles as a training tower with several different styles of openings that can be filled with smoke, and a mezzanine with additional styles of training openings.
CNH Architects worked closely with the City of Plymouth to design an addition for Fire Station #3 as well as a remodel for the entire station. Water intrusion caused mold and unhealthy conditions making many areas unusable for the department. CNH addressed this issue in the addition while expanding the dayroom and kitchen and separating turnout gear from the apparatus bays to keep it clean and contaminant free. Additional separation was created between this storage and dorms and administrative areas to better suit the department’s needs and promote better relaxation. Residential areas were moved to the first floor for safety and to improve response times. Training features at the station include a basement training maze that can be setup in a variety of ways and filled with smoke for simulation drills, and a small training mezzanine with training openings.
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.