City of Goodyear
Prime Architect in association with CR architecture +design
The dangerous contaminants and materials encountered by fire fighters and the resulting increase in cancer diagnosis for fire fighters across the country was a main driver of the design. With this in mind, the new station focuses on new decontamination features and procedures, which are based on best practices throughout the country. Several of these new features include:
The bays are equipped with both mass extraction and a direct plymovent system to ensure that any contaminants that do enter are evacuated efficiently. The living spaces are further separated from the apparatus bays with negative pressure vestibules that serve as airlocks. These steps were taken to create a living environment for the firefighters that will reduce, if not eliminate, additional exposure to the carcinogens that are unfortunately unavoidable in today’s structure fires.
In addition to the health amenities, the design includes several training opportunities built into the station. These training tools provide the crews an ability to improve their skills on-site without the expense of leaving the station. While this does not remove the need for complete training off-site, it does make the firefighters better prepared to do their job resulting in increased safety for the crews and the community.