The new Colora EMS Station is a 6,500 SF facility and serves as the County prototype for all future EMS stations located in Cecil County, Maryland. Our team was tasked with designing a first response facility with an that satisfied fundamental operational needs while maintaining sensitivity to a restrictive budget. The default prototype, first constructed in rural Colora, Maryland consists of an engineered wood framed two story operations area and a conventionally steel framed apparatus bay. The station provides space for 5 pieces of apparatus and an abundance of storage for EMS supplies. The first floor contains a room specifically designed for report writing, a captain’s office, along with locker, decontamination, and shower facilities. The second floor includes additional office space as well as a small kitchen and living / day room. Offices on the second floor were designed to allow future conversion to bunk rooms. Lack of public water led to the installation of an innovative fine-mist sprinkler system which eliminated the necessity to provide a large volume holding tank which would have required heating during winter months.