The public is invited to help celebrate and dedicate Arvada Fire’s new Station 3 during an open house ceremony this Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. The 8,810-square-foot station is located at 7300 Kipling Street, which was also the site of the original station constructed in 1962.
The open house will include dedication speeches, presentations from the Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums Band, a bell ceremony and hose uncoupling, and drinks and refreshments within the apparatus bay. The station will be open to visitors until 2 p.m.
Arvada Fire broke ground on the new station in January of 2021, envisioning a fire station that embraced modern features and safety improvements, honored tradition, and met the current and future needs of both its firefighters and community.
With a brick façade and red bay doors, the nostalgic exterior appearance of the new station was designed to honor fire service traditions and Arvada Fire’s 110-year history of serving its community. All other aspects of the building were designed to serve the needs of a modern fire department. The station was designed by Allred & Associates Architects and was built by Golden Triangle Construction.
Some exciting design aspects of the fire station include:
- Features are incorporated into the design that allows firefighters to practice rescue techniques and deploy ladders for training purposes on the interior of the building.
- Photovoltaic (PV) panels and energy-efficient windows are provided to lower energy bills and reduce pollution.
- Rather than a large dormitory, the modern fire station has private sleeping rooms while still featuring collaborative group areas.
- The station was designed with specific areas for cleaning and disinfecting contaminated tools and equipment to minimize exposure to harmful carcinogens and pathogens.
- Other design features such as specialized air handling and exhaust systems also help ensure firefighter health and safety while living and working in the building.
- A firehouse gym is provided to encourage firefighter fitness and wellness. The gym provides a balance of equipment to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.
The land for the original Station 3 was purchased in 1956 and the building was constructed in 1962. The original station was a single-story brick structure that had two additions since its original construction. The old station was last remodeled in 2009.
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