Fire stations of the world: Jackson County Fire District #3 Scenic Avenue Fire Station, Central Point, US
Jackson County Fire’s #3 Scenic Avenue Fire Station in Central Point in the US was completed in 2020. This new, 10 000-square foot fire station serving Jackson County Fire District #3 replaces a converted mobile home on Table Rock Road, which served as the home for the Fire District for nearly nine years. The new station features living quarters for 18 fire fighters, offices, a full-service kitchen, a three-bay, double-wide automotive garage for emergency vehicles including fire engines, ambulances and maintenance trucks and a fitness centre. Additionally, the station features community meeting rooms that are available to the public.
Through a partnership with the Central Point Police Department, the station also features space for a community resource officer to perform administrative tasks and file reports. This provides an extra resource for the safety of the Central Point community.
The fire station was built with sustainability in mind and features a smart-technology LED lighting system that detects ambient light levels and adjusts its output accordingly. The building also features a solar panel array on the roof, further reducing the building’s carbon footprint.
Located at 1909 Scenic Avenue Central Point, the building is made so the three to five fire fighters working per shift have a comfortable living environment while providing service to the community. In many ways, it is a home away from home for them. The building also has an expansion room for up to six fire fighters if they are needed for a shift.
Fire Chief Robert Horton said, "We feel like we created a great balance between a fire station that's going to last for 50 years and durability and being operational for that extended period of time but also it is modest and it fits the neighbourhood really well."
Chief Horton emphasises his favourite part about the building is how it keeps everyone together. "There's a connectivity that brings us all together regardless of what community we live in, that's around the fire service and the fire engine and the fire fighters and the services that they provide," he said.
Chief Horton added that the building's budget is a result of contributions from a number of agencies that made it so no tax levies were necessary for its completion. "This is a project that our board of directors, our budget committee, our executive team, the Rogue Valley professional fire fighters and our labour union have been talking about for 10 years and we have been setting aside money and making strong, fiscal decisions around our budget," Chief Horton said. In fact, the fire district had over 54 000 patrons contribute to providing this service.
Chief Horton explained that having the building located across from Scenic Middle School opens up more potential for partnership with the Central Point School District. There is even an additional entrance for the middle school when the building opens after the pandemic.
Chief Horton added that fire fighters enjoy engaging with the community and are looking forward to having community members come visit them when possible. Tours of the fire engine and taking part in public safety programmes is a large part of how fire fighters engage with the community. "A fire station is very much a pillar of a community, we're just really grateful to be able to share this fire station with the community, this is their fire station, not ours," Horton said.
The $5 million facility at 1909 Scenic Avenue, was completed after 11 months of construction and three years planning. Fire District 3 Fire Marshal John Patterson, surveying the new digs, said the district was excited about the new facility, which should serve district customers for the next 60 years. “The first call just came out of the station this morning, for a natural gas leak and everybody that was here started clapping,” Patterson said with a laugh.
Jackson County Fire District 3 posted a virtual tour on YouTube of their new fire station to allow people to not only tour the building but also get a chance to see what a day in the life a fire fighter is like.
Sources: JLD Cost Consulting, Daily Dispatch, KTVL, Soderstrom Architects