The new Oak Creek Fire Station No. 1 was completed in August, 2015 in conjunction with a civic redevelopment that included a new City Hall and Public Library. The new station was built on nine acres of donated land, two of which were used for building a communications tower used for emergency services and cell carriers, creating revenue for the city.
The two-story brick/stone station has a 4 drive-thru bay, and partial basement for mechanicals. Supporting the battalion chief and nine personnel, the station garage holds the chief’s car, paramedic unit, engine ladder, and a reserve Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit all having Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) (the city is 95% covered with EVP). The site also houses the critical hub for the city’s fiber optic network as well as the components for radio systems.
The station also features an in-floor heating system, epoxy floors, training features in the stairwell, two phase Locution alerting system, two offices for line officers, seven Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) bathrooms, showers, a separate room for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) maintenance, gear room, wellness room, and training room with video conferencing, elevator, and fire pole. The living quarters house the chief’s office on the first floor with separate sleeping quarters. The second floor contains a kitchen and a patio and includes a day room, individual sleeping quarters and built-in lockers creating a flexible and comfortable living space for all personnel while on the job.
Awards: Firehouse Magazine Station Design Awards – Honorable Mention, 2016