City of Lebanon // Public Safety Center
To adequately protect its growing population, the City of Lebanon needed to add a third fire station to their protection district. The Lebanon Public Safety Center is comprised of a fire station, fire district main offices, and an emergency dispatch call center. The apparatus bay includes space for three fire engines and is designed to be expanded into four bays in the future if needed. The facility’s design was closely coordinated and programmed with the city to result in a cost-effective solution to emergency services architecture without sacrificing space or function. One way that the team was able to intertwine the public identity into the design is by using the local school district’s black and gold colors in place of traditional fire station ‘red’ like you might expect.
Along one wall of the apparatus bays are a vented turnout gear storage room, a decontamination room with washer/extractors, dryers, and a sink to wash equipment and gear, as well as a private bathroom for personal decon, and cabinets to hold fresh clothing for firefighters. The firefighters return from a call, clean the trucks, decon their turnout gear, then themselves, and return to the living area through a neutral zone.
Lebanon Fire Station 3 is built on a structural steel frame, with a workroom that doubles as a severe weather structure, constructed of concrete masonry. The living spaces of Fire Station 3 have four individual bunk rooms, each with one single bed, and three individual closets, one for each shift. Two toilet/sink/shower rooms are adjacent to the dorms. Also in the living spaces are five offices for the chief, a battalion chief, a fire marshal and two others, as well as an open concept kitchen/dining/dayroom where the doors leading to the apparatus bays have crash bars for quick opening.
Finally, one more tremendously notable design detail is located near the entryway, where Lebanon had Paragon design an area that would bring special attention to an American flag on the wall above an I-beam section from the 9/11 World Trade Center displayed beneath. Chief Sam Schneider noted, “This is Lebanon’s first new station since the 1970s, and we wanted to focus on the service that firefighters have given to the community and the country.”
Read more about the project in this article for Fire Apparatus Magazine: