Fire stations of the world: Brand new Jacobsville Fire Station 10 opened in Pasadena, twice as big as old one, US
The new Jacobsville Fire Station 10 was opened on 26 October 2022 in Pasadena, US. Situated at 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Fire Station 10 is twice as big as old one. This grand opening has emphasis on the ‘grand’. The old station was less than 5 000 square feet and this new one is state of the art and more than 12 000 square feet. Fire fighting is one of the most stressful jobs in America. Having a new building helps relieve some of that stress. "There's places where people can go and do their own personal well-being tactics and some physical fitness. A little bit of alone time. Either that or sitting around the coffee table and talking with other fire fighters to kind of decrease that amount of stress," said one fire fighter.
The station includes an in-house training room, commercial kitchen, physical fitness room, exhaust removal system, cancer reduction features, and drive-through engine bays.
The old fire station was an elementary school converted to take fire fighters and then eventually policeman as well. This one was designed and built to be a fire station. "It was created just for us. We have a training room that we can use, there's workout equipment that we can use. It houses people more effectively. We're just better able to respond to the community needs," said one fire fighter.
The fire station is in the same location where the old one was, on Mountain Road in Pasadena. Not only will the new equipment help the community to be safe, the fire fighters are safer as well. After fire fighting, you might be exposed to harsh chemicals.
Now, they have a place to separate their gear from where they live and a place to wash that gear that may be contaminated.
"There's a specialised room where that gear gets contained in lockers that they have. There's a complete ventilation system that helps it off gas and ventilate, not into common living areas," said one fire fighter.
A new fire station to help fire fighters protect the community and a fire station that protects its fire fighters.
County Executive Steuart Pittman and Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Trisha Wolford were in attendance to commemorate this exciting occasion with a hose uncoupling.
Sources: Anne Arundel County, Maryland; WMAR2 News