New Bayport Fire Hall Design Inspired by Emergency Vehicles
April 7, 2016
Fire station enables training, community gathering, and room for growth
The City of Bayport, Minn. celebrated the ribbon cutting April 7 of a new brick-and-steel Fire Hall. Its design was inspired by the emergency vehicles it houses.
“We wanted to capture the energy of the fire station and the important role they serve in the community. The materials evoke the tools of the trade, while being tough and practical for the day-to-day work of the department,” said Jessie Bauldry, architectural designer with LEO A DALY.
Inside the station, a diamond-plate and glossy-red material palette celebrates Bayport’s firefighting history. Artifacts on display, such as historic helmets, badges, and photos, honor the brave men and women who came before.
The 18,150 square-foot fire station replaces a 6,630-square-foot station built in the 1940s, providing much-needed space for the growing force. Training components such as a rescue balcony, smoke training room, breaching doors and windows, caged ladder, roof venting and confined-space rescue props, will enable firefighters to simulate different types of hazards when training for rescue and public safety maneuvers.
"Functional training facilities that simulate real-world dangers better prepare firefighters for emergency response,” Bauldry said.
Bayport is a high-hazard community when it comes to fire. A state penitentiary, a wood-window manufacturer, and a power plant each pose unique risks that require in-depth training.
The station will double as a community gathering space, with a large multi-purpose room, kitchen, and dayroom. Five apparatus bays accommodate pull-thru capability with 10 bay doors.
The station also includes dispatch, staff and leadership offices, an exercise room, laundry, maintenance shop and overnight dorm accommodations.
The Bayport Fire Department serves 13,000 people in the Bayport, Baytown, Oak Park Heights and West Lakeland communities.