As a barrier Island, the City of Galveston has seen their fair share of emergencies. Fully funded by a grant from the Texas General Land Office, the new Fire Station No. 1 will improve emergency services and better protect Galveston’s citizens. The new station, which is rated to withstand hurricane winds and impacts, is more than just a concrete bunker. Located next to city hall in the heart of this historic city and directly across from the famous Moody Mansion, the station’s design is influenced by the Romanesque and Classical Revival styles of its neighbors. The first floor of this 27,720 sq. ft. station houses the four 100’-0” deep apparatus bays and support spaces. Designed to allow flood waters to pass through the building while the other two floors remain operational, the first floor is built with water and corrosion resistant materials, flood vents, and raised electrical outlets.
The design of the station ensures that the building will still be standing after a storm and the flooded first floor will simply need to be hosed down to resume normal operations. Located on the second floor is a 30 person training room that can double as an Emergency Operation Center. The third floor, which spans over the apparatus bays, houses both the fire fighter living quarters and the fire department administration offices. The administration area is accessed directly from the elevator while the living side has two staircases with fire poles that empty straight into the apparatus bay. The station sleeps 11 fire fighters between two dorm rooms, has 4 private officer suites, and 4 staff administration offices are equipped with Murphy beds, for use during an EOC situation.