RepairFacility in San Diego

RepairFacility in San Diego

The San Diego, Calif., Fire Department now has in operation a large repair and maintenance facility in a complex that includes inside and outside training facilities and stations for an engine and a ladder company.

The department’s 132 vehicles are serviced in a 162 X 80-foot, Butler prefab steel structure that in addition to various shops includes the quarters of Ladder 3. The building alone cost $281,000 and is two stories high. Designed by Fred A. Johnson and Associates, the structure has on the main floor the apparatus repair shop as well as machine, carpenter and paint shops. On this ground floor there are areas for lubrication, engine overhaul, brake relining, wheel balancing and aligning, welding and fabrication, and body and fender work. Besides an extensive parts section on the main floor, there are two storage areas on mezzanines.

In the repair shop, there are five hydraulic vehicle lifts, three of which are adjustable for lifting fire apparatus as large as 100-foot aerial ladder trucks. A five-ton bridge crane can travel both the length and breadth of the building. It has a maximum clearance of 20 feet between its hook and the floor so that loads can be carried over apparatus on the floor.

In designing the facility, one of the objectives was to build a rigid steel frame structure with metal siding and an insulated roof that would provide as much resistance as possible to fire and earthquakes. Translucent fiber glass is used over five large metal doors in the front of the shops and the three in the rear.

The building has concrete floors and concrete block partitions. The carpenter shop is like a separate concrete block building with a mezzanine for storage above it. This shop is protected by sprinkler system.

The entire building is heated by gasfired radiant heaters, and fluorescent lighting is used throughout the building. Forced ventilation is provided for all areas, and this insures the removal of exhaust gases from vehicle engines. The layout of shop areas was designed to provide a safe, uninterrupted flow of maintenance, adjustment and repair work. Also, consideration was given to the safe movement of vehicles entering or leaving the shops.

Major construction done

There is adequate mechanical equipment for all the jobs that must be done in the shops. With this equipment, the department shops have built a command vehicle, a light and power truck, and a chemical unit. In addition, several tankers, buses, utility trucks and other vehicles have been converted or reconstructed.

Prefab steel building houses shops of the San Diego, Calif., Fire Department.

Ladder 3, a 100-foot aerial, is quartered at the north end of the shops, and the previously exisiting quarters of Engine 28 are across a narrow, Lshaped courtyard. Outside steel stairs go from the courtyard to the second floor above the apparatus room of Ladder 3. This second floor area includes a meeting room with facilities for training classes as well as storage for training and educational material.

The entire interior of the repair facility is white and the exterior is buff.

The engine and ladder companies housed in this complex protect a rapidly growing manufacturing and mercantile area, which includes a large Convair plant, an airport and several supermarkets and discount houses.

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