New Fire House for Detroit
The Fire Department of Detroit, Mich., has recently placed in service a new fire station; to house Engine Company No. 54 and Ladder Company No. 26. Located at the intersection of Grand River and Trinity Avenues, it replaces the old Redford Municipal Building, at Argus and Rockdale, which has been used as a fire station for the past several years.
The building, of red brick and stone trim, with gray slate roof, is the last word in fire station construction, and has the new short hose tower, in which the hose is hung double over round hangers. This is the first of this type used in Detroit.
Indirect lighting has been used in the main rooms of both floors and at the touch of a switch, near the watch desk, all lights in the apparatus room and dormitory flash on; the big doors and polehold covers open, ready for a speedy response of men and apparatus to the alarm. At the end of two and one-half minutes, lights go off, and doors close, automatically, locking the station until the return of firemen.
The apparatus room with its white glazed brick walls, dark beamed ceiling and terrazzo floors is L.-shaped, and presents a very pleasing appearance. Other rooms which are finished the same are dining room, kitchen, rubber clothes storing room, toilet and entrance to the hose tower on the first floor, and on the second floor, the locker room, wash room and storage room, while the dormitorj and two officers’ rooms have plastered walls and rubber tile floors. The large card room, or lounge, on the first floor has walnut paneled wainscoating, with plastered walls and ceilings. The two floors are connected by a steel stairway and three brass slide-poles. A basement, under the rear of the station, contains the boiler room and storage room. The boiler is fired by gas, automatically controlled. A pipe tunnel runs around the outside walls of the unexcavated portion of the building, allowing easy access to all pipes and wires.
The station cost approximately $565,000. and is the first constructed in Detroit since 1930.