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TOPEKA FIRE STATION AN EXAMPLE OF ECONOMY WITH PRACTICALITY

Issue 8 and Volume 98.

TOPEKA FIRE STATION AN EXAMPLE OF ECONOMY WITH PRACTICALITY Case History of Station No. 1 Based Upon Material Supplied By Chief W. J. Cawker TOPEKA, Kansas, city of 67,833 population in the last census, inaugurated a building program for its fire department in 1935. The last one of four new fire stations was completed in 1940. The story of this station—No. 1—may well serve as a pattern for other fire departments which have, or will have, postwar construction programs. Like many other municipalities, Topeka found that the progress in housing its fire forces had not kept pace with the training and equipping of the department’s personnel. In a world, too many of its fire houses were architecturally and economically unfitted for a modern fire department. The original Station No. 1 was a large two-story brick structure, 55 x 85, erected in the days of horse-drawn apparatus, and was much larger…

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