District of Columbia Plans New Repair Shops
The Washington, D. C., Fire Department is proceeding with the construction of new repair shops, including a new home for Engine Company No. 7, at L & M. Half and First Streets, SW. The new facility will contain the latest in garage equipment according to information supplied FIRE ENGINEERING by M. H. Clarke, Properties and Purchasing Section, DCFD.
Each mechanic will have his own work bench area. Other work areas include a blacksmith shop, battery shop, machinist shop, body shop, paint spray room, a room for miscellaneous work, a hose testing area, a modern lubrication lift, wash rack, and a storeroom with a mezzanine floor for light materials. A modern office area is included in the plan.
Other features include a modern locker room, kitchen, lounge, bath, and shower facilities on the second-floor level. A water system for testing pumpers is provided in the yard. The shop will have apparatus doors on three sides with the main entrances on Half Street.
“This new shop will have facilities to put in service a long-needed preventive maintenance program for vehicles,” says Clarke. “All apparatus will be brought periodically to the shop for checkover, motor tuneup and, if necessary, paint touchup.
Engine Company No. 7, presently quartered in old Engine Company No. 18’s quarters at 9th and K Streets, SE, will be relocated at the Half and L Street corner of the shop. The two-story fire station will be modern in architecture in keeping with the rest of the area.