MW Studios was hired by Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department to design their new 29,000 SF station. The new station replaced the existing aging facility at the department’s current location. The apparatus floor provides six full depth drive-thru apparatus bays and one-half depth back in bay. Additional apparatus support includes a shop, engineers office, SCBA shop, quarter master’s storage, decontamination room, and dedicated turn-out gear storage. Provisions for an integral training tower have also been made which will allow the department to practice basic exercises all from the comfort of their own station.
Skill props include laddering, ceiling breaching, door breaching, rappelling, making standpipe connections, and high line exercises. Sleeping provisions at the station include ten separate two-man dorm rooms and one larger open bunk capable of sleeping 16 individuals. The bunk rooms are located immediately adjacent to the apparatus bays to improve response times. Operational functions include a kitchen and dining area capable of feeding upwards of twenty personnel at once, a day room, a game room, a fitness center, and a media/study center. A large training room also provides room for classes and department meetings. Administrative provisions include offices for the president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, chief, deputy chief, and line officers. File storage, a copy area, and a conference room are also provided.