Hot News: Two New Fire Stations Win F.I.E.R.O. Design Awards

Walpole’s Central Fire Rescue Station, which opened in 2018

Walpole’s Central Fire Rescue Station, which opened in 2018

We are pleased to share that Walpole’s Central Fire Rescue Station received an Honor Award (Gold), and Newton Fire Headquarters and Station No. 3 received a Merit Award (Silver) from the Fire Industry Education Resource Organization (F.I.E.R.O.) at its annual station design symposium.

Entries were judged by fire service personnel who have degrees and expertise in architecture.

The Walpole station is a new 22,000-square-foot facility that combined the town’s satellite stations into one centrally located station. It includes six double-depth apparatus bays, firematic support spaces, eleven firefighter bunk rooms, a firefighter kitchen and day room, headquarters administration and fire prevention offices, and a training mezzanine. The project required construction of a temporary four-bay apparatus tent with bunking as swing space while the new facility was being built.

The Newton station is an addition/renovation project that includes a five-bay drive-through apparatus bay, firematic support spaces, 20 firefighter bunkrooms, offices for headquarters administration and fire prevention, a 40-seat EOC room, new 120-foot high radio tower, and the City of Newton’s backup dispatch center. The building is situated on a very challenging, triangular site bordered by the MWRA Sudbury Aqueduct, a residential neighborhood, and Centre Street. A new access onto Centre Street reduced critical response time in the busy village of Newton Centre.

Congratulations to all the winners!