The new Fire Station 8 facility was built on a site that had a doublewide trailer as a temporary station.
The new, permanent main station has 14 bunk rooms, a kitchen and dining area, offices, an exercise room, a day room with chairs and a TV, a gear locker room and four garage bays. For the firefighters of Station 8, it goes beyond just a place to come to work. “It’s definitely their home,” says Raymaker. “It’s a high-end residential, commercial project.”
The special operations building behind the main station has five bays for storing vehicles and equipment trailers. It also has workspace for servicing and maintaining equipment. The special operations crew gets called to the scene for vehicle extractions, confined space rescues, hazardous materials cleanups, high-angle rescues and other emergency situations. The fire station and special operations building are tough — built to withstand Category 4 hurricane winds.