Permanent Fire Station 304
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) would like to design and build a permanent District Fire Station at the intersection of 163rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road. The SFMD has been operating out of a temporary, modular, facility for approximately 14 years. Although this temporary facility was a good interim solution to a permanent station and allowed the city to secure 3 acres of property, this setup has over extended its useful life. This operation needs to transition into a full service permanent fire station that welcomes the public and creates an enhanced interaction with the community it will serve. A permanent facility will also enhance the station’s onsite security. Currently the stations multiple fire apparatus are not secured from the public. All equipment is stored under an open air steel structure that affords protection from the elements but not criminal activity.
The current facility does not meet certain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. OSHA and the NFPA recommend specific areas to store and decontaminate personal protective equipment (NFPA 1500, 1851). Another deficiency is the locations of the physical fitness equipment, fire turn-out gear, and ice storage bin. These deficiencies are due to the undersized and temporary nature of the facility.
Fire Station 4 will allow the SFMD to increase service levels when the demand exists. This station will be designed to house an engine, ladder company, and a battalion chief. Initially the rebuilt station will continue to house only a single engine. The SFMD will use project money to order and purchase a new ladder truck and ladder tender (LT). These two trucks will be co-manned with one crew when staffing permits. Due to extended build times, the SFMD does not expect to staff these new vehicles for up to 2 years. It is the intent of the Department to place the new ladder truck and LT, in an area of the City that has the greatest need, when the trucks are ready to go in service. As development increases in Fire Station 4’s response area, SFMD will redeploy the new ladder company and LT to the district station. A second ladder company in the City of Surprise will help the Department begin to achieve its adopted ratio of 13 firefighters and 1 civilian support staff per 1,000 residents.
A fire station’s “first due” is the land/geography within close proximity to the station. Each first due area is designed to have a five (5) minute travel time for an emergency vehicle to respond to an incident from the fire station. Each City of Surprise (COS) Fire Station has a unique first due area that factors in access and street networks.
If funded, Fire Station 304 will be a multi-bay facility totaling approximately 15,000 square feet. In addition to the current engine at Fire Station 4, the facility will allow the SFMD the opportunity to house a second battalion chief and ladder company when the population and service demand exists.
SFMD has a public/private partnership in place with the Helicopter Air Logistics Operations (HALO), which currently operates out of an onsite temporary facility. The COS would seek participation from its partner in the costs associated with the permanent facility. Additional features would include: required furniture, fixtures, equipment & a city fuel island.