Upperco Volunteer Fire Company
The consolidation of resources and personnel has become a prevalent trend in various industries, including the fire department. The Arcadia and Boring fire companies were not an exception to this trend and decided to merge in 2017 to form the Upperco Volunteer Fire Company. The decision to merge was primarily driven by cost-effectiveness, leading to the determination that a new location would be necessary for the newly formed company.
The new site for the Upperco Volunteer Fire Company is situated directly off the main response artery, which allows for safe and easy access for response apparatus. This location was ideal for the community because it increases the coverage areas and decreases response times within the first due area. The 6.5-acre site will be able to accommodate the needs of the company, and after extensive programming sessions, it was determined that a building program of 20,000 GSF would meet all the operational needs of the new company.
The new station provides the department with five double deep drive-thru apparatus bays, apparatus support spaces, turnout gear storage, and dedicated decontamination areas for both the first responders and their gear. This layout allows for quick and efficient access for the fire department personnel to their equipment and supplies. The apparatus bay is adjacent to the administrative office spaces, living areas, and bunks, making it easy for firefighters to quickly access their equipment in case of an emergency.
In addition to the above-mentioned facilities, the new facility also includes a training/meeting room sized for 50 people. This space can be used for fire training classes and as a community meeting space. This programmatic element is an excellent addition to this location as it allows the fire department to provide education and training to the community, ultimately leading to increased safety and preparedness.
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