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Encyclopedia > Fire station
Fire station in Kostroma, Russia (1823-26).
Fire station in Kostroma, Russia (1823-26).
Fire station ahead
Fire station ahead

A fire station is a structure or other area set aside for storage of firefighting apparatus (i.e, fire engines and related vehicles), personal protective equipment, firehose, fire extinguishers, and other fire extinguishing equipment. It may also have dormitory living facilities and work areas such as meeting rooms, workshop, or laundry. Living areas are sometimes arranged above the garage bays and firefighters may have special means to allow entry to the ground floor quickly when a call for help is received such as sliding down a brass pole (called a firepole). This arrangement also allows for a raised area to hang hoses to dry to prevent damage. In a one floor station, a tower like structure is sometimes used specially for hose hanging. Image File history File linksMetadata Kostroma_watchtower. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Kostroma_watchtower. ... Fire-observation watchtower in Kostroma (1825-28). ... This article is about the profession. ... For the Scottish post-punk band, see The Fire Engines. ... // Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other gear designed to protect the wearers body or clothing from injury by electrical hazards, heat, chemicals, and infection, for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, and in sports, martial arts, combat, etc. ... Indoor firehose A firehose is a thick, high-pressure hose used to carry water or other fire retardant (such as foam) to a fire to extinguish it. ... Fire extinguisher A fire extinguisher is a device used to put out a fire, often in an emergency situation. ... This article is about the profession. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Distress call. ... A firemens pole or sliding pole is a wooden pole or a metal tube or pipe installed between floors in fire stations, which was invented by Chicago, Illinois resident David Kenyon, although it is often incorrectly credited to the Boston Fire Department. ...


An occupied station will usually have a station alarm system for receiving and annunciating an alarm, and indications of where and what caused the alarm. However, sometimes the only "alarm" is a telephone that is rung in case of emergency. In a volunteer fire department where volunteers do not staff the station, the firefighters may be summoned to the fire station by siren, radio or pagers, making a station alarm system superfluous. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, see V.F.D.. See also the Firefighter article and its respective sections regarding VFDs in other countries. ... This article is about the bird-women of Greek myth. ... For terminal pagers, see more (Unix) or less (Unix). ...


In a more structured operation, full-time or on-call volunteer or career firefighters staff the station some or all of the time. There may be office space for the officers, a library of reference and other materials, and a "trophy wall" or case where the firefighters display memorabilia.

The Parque de Bombas, a 19th century fire station in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
The Parque de Bombas, a 19th century fire station in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Activities in a fire station include regular inspection and cleaning of the apparatus and equipment, and continuing education in the fire service. Weekly or bi-weekly routine typically includes various drills in which firefighters practice their skills. Some fire companies also host public activities at the fire station during annual "fire prevention week" or similar, and the facility may also be used for fund-raising by the "firemen's association", "fire buffs", or "fire auxiliary." Download high resolution version (600x800, 67 KB)Parque de Bombas - Ponce, Puerto Rico File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (600x800, 67 KB)Parque de Bombas - Ponce, Puerto Rico File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ponces Parque de Bombas The Parque de Bombas is a Puerto Rican building located in the town square of Ponce, known as Plaza Las Delicias, directly behind Ponce Cathedral. ... This article is about Puerto Ricos municipality. ...


The approaches to a fire station are often posted with warning signs, and there may be a traffic signal to stop or warn traffic when apparatus are leaving or returning to the station. Traffic lights will sometimes differ where there are several lanes of traffic. ...


In larger cities fire stations are often named for the primary fire companies and apparatus housed there, such as "Ladder 49", or the district which they serve. Rural fire stations are usually named for the county, town or village, but may also be named for the independent fire district serving a collective geographic area.


History

In many western countries, fire brigades were originally created by insurance companies to safeguard the property of their policyholders. Those who bought policies were given a plaque that would be mounted in a prominent position on the structure to denote its protected status. These plaques can still be seen on some historic buildings, particularly in the United Kingdom. Firemen summoned to burning buildings were expected to look for these plaques before fighting the fire. If the fire was in a building covered by a rival insurer, some brigades would deliberately obstruct that company's fire brigade in an attempt to give rise to greater property damage (and subsequent expense to the insurer). Insurance is a system to alleviate financial losses by transferring risk of loss from one entity to another. ...

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External links

  • Fire Department Reviews
  • International FireFighting News - Fire Station Directory
  • Olathe, Kan. Fire Department
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