HQ Station Has 5 Bays, Offices in Salem, Mass.
— photos by Lieutenant Robert Turner
A new headquarters station is now being used by the Salem, Mass., Fire Department. The $1.3-million facility includes a five-bay station and office space for the Salem Electrical Department and Defense Civil Preparedness Agency.
The two-story brick building has a 75 X 76-foot fire station with a 41 X 86-foot wing in the rear for administrative offices and other facilities. Two of the fire station bays are the drivethrough type. The station now houses two engines, a ladder truck, three cars and a maintenance truck. There is also a mechanic’s workshop on the truck floor. Dormitory facilities, a study area, a kitchen and dining area, and a combination training and defense preparedness emergency control area are on the second floor of the fire station section of the building.
Nearest the station on the first floor of the wing are offices for the chief, department clerk and fire prevention bureau, as well as a conference room and a kitchenette. In the rear of the wing are the two-bay electrical department garage, a workshop, an emergency generator room and a storage room.
The second floor of the wing houses the emergency reporting center, civil preparedness offices, electrical department office and a records room.
A balcony over the fire station truck floor provides space for the station control room, a mechanical equipment room for the boiler and air-handling unit, and a storage room for the department mechanic.
Equipment for the mechanical department includes a 30-ton, two-piston hydraulic hoist and a steam cleaning machine for the apparatus.
Chief James F. Brennan reports that his department has $235,000 worth of apparatus on order, a 100foot aerial ladder, a 1500-gpm foam pumper and a 1250-gpm pumper with a water boom.