by CYNTHIA KMETT
Troy’s new Fire Station #4 is going to make it a lot easier for firefighters to park the company’s equipment now that they have new, expanded quarters.
Fire Station #4 was originally constructed in 1968 and opened in 1970. The station was remodeled in 1988 to include an additional apparatus bay and a small addition to the day room. Since this time, the station has taken on newer and larger apparatus, more volunteer firefighters, and the building has experienced foundation settling which has led to water leaks and structural deterioration. All of these factors impacted the decision to build a new station.
City Council members and staff toured Station #4 to witness first-hand, many of the short-comings with the previous facility. For the 2014-2015 budget, the replacement of Station #4 was identified as one of the city’s and Council’s strategies.
The site on Maple Road, between John R and Dequindre, needed to be expanded to accommodate a new fire station, and the property immediately east of Station #4 was purchased. Staff members from the Fire, Engineering, Building Operations, and Planning Departments formed a construction team and worked with the architect and construction manager to design and build the new station within budget.
Check out some of the new Station #4’s features:
• 4-Fold Doors – improves safety through full visibility of the doors while opening and closing
• Air-Vac Ventilation System: recycles all the air in the apparatus bay which includes running gas-powered equipment and other vehicles. It also reduces firefighter exposure to exhaust fumes
• Low Environmental Impact
• LED lighting reduces energy consumption
• Occupancy/Vacancy sensors throughout building on lighting, HVAC and exhaust equipment
• HVAC system conditions to reduce overall runtime while increasing comfortability
• 150kw natural gas generator to fully power building during power outage
• Landscape consisting of regional, drought tolerant plantings, reducing water usage requirements
• Fully integrated structured cabling and wireless connectivity throughout the station, with consideration for future needs
• Zoned station alerting for firefighter notification and monitoring of radio traffic
• Performance designed Type I commercial exhaust hood with HVAC makeup air interlocks for proper kitchen ventilation
The old station was demolished in early August to make room for site improvements that include a new parking lot and landscaping for the new Station #4. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by October 1, 2017 in time for the annual TFD open house on Sunday, October 8.
Fire Chief Dave Roberts said “The new Fire Station #4 is a great addition to the Troy Fire Department. We are excited for our volunteers to work with this world-class equipment and facility.”
You can visit the new fire station #4 in person, as well as the station that serves your neighborhood at the coming open houses.
Troy Fire Department Open House Sunday, October from 1-4 p.m.
Station 1 1019 E. Big Beaver
Station 2 5600 Livernois
Station 3 2400 W. Big Beaver
Station 4 2117 E. Maple
Station 5 6399 John R
Station 6 5901 Coolidge
Troy residents are invited to the annual Troy Fire Open House at all six Fire Stations. Enjoy ladder truck rides, practice stop-drop-roll techniques, operate a real fire hose, and meet Sparky the Fire Dog. Firefighters will show fire extinguishing demos and demonstrate vehicle extractions.
For more information and specific activities, please visit the Troy Fire Department’s website at: www.troymi.gov/fire