New Headquarters for Quincy

New Headquarters for Quincy

George Ernest Robinson, Boston architect, has completed plans for the new central fire station to be built in Quincy, Mass.

The building will be of brick with steel framework. There will be a central portion, with two wings, one containing the fire alarm equipment and the other the Chief’s office and Fire Prevention Bureau.

Chief William I. Sands

The frontage will be 130 feet with depth of seventy feet. The apparatus floor will be sixty feet by fifty feet, providing space for a double engine company, ladder truck, special service car, and Chief’s car and Deputy Chief’s car. The building will be two stories in height with repair shop, hose drying racks, and oil heater in the basement.

In the rear of the first floor there will be a kitchenette and dining room and a study room. The right wing is to contain an entrance lobby, Chief’s office, Fire Prevention Bureau, watch desk, toilet and wash room. There will be storage space in the basement of this section and on the second floor will be the Deputy Chiefs’ office, bedroom, and toilet.

The second floor of the central section will contain three officers’ rooms, a recreation room with open fire place, nine bedrooms with accommodations for two or three men each, one room with four beds, locker room with fifty lockers, officers’ toilets and shower baths, and men’s toilets and showers.

Architect's Sketch of New Fire Headquarters for Quincy

There will be five brass sliding poles. The recreation room will be finished in knotted pine. The apparatus floor will be of concrete and the walls will he faced with tile or ornamental brick. Recessed overhead lighting will be used. The central portion of the station will be of water struck brick and the wings will be of Quincy granite.

In the fire alarm section, space has been provided for 24-box circuits, four primary alarm circuits, four secondary circuits, and a PBX telephone switch-board. Provision will also probably he made for teletype and radio transmission. Thomas J. Smith, Superintendent of Fire and Police Signals, will be in charge.

The estimated cost of the building and fire alarm equipment is $152,000. Mayor Thomas S. Burgin and Chief William J. Sands, of Quincy, are personally supervising the plans in co-operation with the architect. Provision is to be made for a drill tower in the yard at the rear of the station. The site is on Quincy Avenue, taking in the land occupied by the present central station and an adjoining lot.

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