LEO A DALY designs new fire station and training facility in Bayport, Minn.

The new station will enhance Bayport’s ability to train for a wide range of high-liability hazards

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Firefighters in the City of Bayport, Minn., will train safer and closer-to-home thanks to a new fire station and training facility, which broke ground Monday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at the Bayport Fire Hall, 5th Av. North and Stagecoach Trail.

Designed by LEO A DALY, the new one-story plus mezzanine, 17,650-square-foot Bayport Fire Hall replaces a 6,630-square-foot station built in the 1940s that no longer meets storage needs for vehicles and equipment. Five double-wide bays will accommodate up to 10 fire apparatus. Onsite training will reduce physical injuries to fire fighters and prepare them for a broad range of fire-service hazards while also helping reduce the city’s insurance liability.

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“This is a big deal for Bayport and the surrounding communities,” said Cindy McCleary, architect with LEO A DALY. “With full training onsite, the firefighters don’t have to travel to receive the high-hazard, high-liability training they need. This improves fire-fighter response, which reduces risk of injury. And training locally keeps them close to home, where they’re needed in case of a fire.”

Training features include a stair tower, rappelling tower, rescue balcony, and caged ladder, which allow realistic simulation of the hazardous situations faced by the department on a regular basis.

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“Despite its small population, the Bayport Fire Department trains for and responds to a broad range of different potential fire hazards. A state penitentiary, a wood-window manufacturer, and a power plant each pose unique risks that require in-depth training. This station will allow them to do that,” McCleary added.

The Bayport Fire Department serves 13,000 people in the Bayport, Baytown, Oak Park Heights and West Lakeland communities. The project is expected to be completed by March of 2016.

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The project will include upgraded offices and storage, provide adequate space for existing and future expansion of apparatus and gear, and will incorporate multipurpose spaces to facilitate meetings and public events. Plans also include an exercise room, kitchen, dayroom, offices, conference and communication areas, equipment storage, laundry and mechanical shop.

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