Wednesday August 31, 2011
Station incorporates 1924 structure with state-of-the-art
building, green features
Mayor Greg Fischer, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) and Louisville Fire Department Chief Greg Frederick today officially opened the new fire station, Station 10, located at 501 West Ashland Avenue.
The unique design of the station, located in the Beechmont neighborhood, incorporates the original firehouse from 1924 with a new state-of-the-art, energy efficient building with many green features.
“We must equip our public protection agencies with the best technology, the best facilities and the best equipment to do their jobs to the best of their abilities,” Fischer said. “When that happens, we all win and Louisville is a safer place because of it.”
The new station was funded with $3.4 million in federal stimulus dollars, through a grant with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“By investing in the construction of this brand new fire station, the Recovery Act has helped ensure that our brave firefighters have every resource they need to protect Louisville families and keep our community safe,” Yarmuth said.
“This new facility incorporates the latest innovative technology to improve the safety and working conditions of our firefighters, using renewable energy,” Frederick said. “This station responded to over 3800 calls in 2010 and the new facility will greatly enhance our efficiency as a fire department.”
The new station features:
· Nearly 16,000 square feet
· 12 sleeping rooms
· Training room
· 3 apparatus bays
· Vehicle exhaust system
· Backup generator
· State of the art alerting system
Green highlights include:
· Geothermal HVAC
· LED lighting
· Energy efficient lighting
· Pervious pavers, which prevent stormwater from going straight to the storm sewer
Phase II of the project, which includes improvements to the old structure and the installation of solar panels on the roof, is expected to begin in the next two weeks.