Harris County ESD 48 Fire Station No. 1
The station provides four (4) 100-ft. long drive through apparatus bays with fourfold bay doors. Special attention was given to the design of the decontamination spaces and processes, allowing emergency response personnel returning from a contaminated event the ability to clean on the far-side of the bay, and then transition and further clean through an air-lock transition zone between the bays and the living area.
The station provides 16 sleeping rooms and four (4) offices, in addition to a secure entry lobby and publicly-accessible classroom. A large exercise room is provided on the 2nd floor on the opposite side of the bays from the sleeping areas for noise separation.
Lockers are placed in common interior hallway space to ensure sleeping isn’t interrupted at shift changes, and to allow dorms to be placed on exterior walls to access natural daylight. Also, sleeping quarters are provided with reading accent light and built-in nightstand with bedding storage per shift.