Model Plans Drawn For Fire Stations

Model Plans Drawn For Fire Stations

With tax dollars at a premium, small communities are looking for ways to limit the cost of building a fire station.

Herbert Anderson, St. Louis County, Minn., grants and aids coordinator, became aware of this problem through frequent requests for help from fire departments in his county, Minnesota’s largest. His response was to propose the preparation of model fire station plans and specifications, which would lower at least this part of the cost.

With the support of the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners and Minnesota’s Advisory Council on Fire Education and Research, Anderson took his proposal to the Governor’s Rural Development Council. The council awarded a grant to St. Louis County to develop such plans. The architectural firm of Damberg and Peck prepared the specifications and drawings.

The basic plans for a 30 X 75-foot steel, concrete or prefabricated structure can be altered for partial use as a town hall or community center.

The cost of the plans—including a 146-page specifications book and six structural drawings—was limited to less than $50, for reproduction.

Details can be obtained from John Kostishack, Executive Director, Governor’s Rural Development Council, Capitol Square Building, St. Paul, Minn. 55101.

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