The Stephenville Fire Department acquired an undeveloped property in an ideal location to improve their emergency response time. The site now houses a new facility which combines functions that were previously separated between two different buildings – Fire Administration and a replacement Fire Station #2. Fire Administration previously shared a building with the Police Department that had seen multiple renovations and did not allow for necessary growth. The previous Fire Station #2 was not ideally located on the Tarleton State University campus and was significantly undersized for personnel and equipment needs. The new facility acts as the department’s headquarters with three pull-through bays, nine bedrooms, a large fitness room, a training classroom, six administration offices, and a conference room.
The building layout provides separation between Administration and the Fire Station functions, while allowing easy access between them. A shared courtyard space with a large covered patio is accessed from the Dining Room and promotes camaraderie between both groups, primarily during meal times. A state-of-the-art Training Classroom includes all the technology necessary for a great educational space, including a smart board, a large flat panel monitor, and data connections for each seat. The new facility promotes an appropriate image for the Department, while providing the necessary space and tools to perform important tasks more efficiently.