The North Conway Water Precinct is proposing a new fire station to replace its existing Fire Station, located in the heart of North Conway Village.
The existing station was built in 1960 and no longer meets the health, safety, and space requirement needed to accommodate the significant development within the Precinct's fire service area and modern firefighter protections.
An important goal of the new design will be to meet the needs of a modern firefighting facility while creating a building that will uphold the historic character of North Conway Village. The station is an integral part of Norcross Circle and the Precinct has conducted studies to confirm that its current location is the best site for the new station to be built.
The ways in which fire is fought have undergone many changes over the years. The changes in the composition of building construction materials has contributed to these changes along with a relatively recent awareness of the incidence of job related cancers found amongst fire fighters [PDF file]. The trucks and equipment have evolved, the gear has evolved and the stations themselves are now being constructed very differently as a result. The current station promotes cancer. The newest laws state the Precinct could be liable for not providing a safe workplace.
The North Conway Fire Department responds to approximately 1200 calls annually and during the high tourist season, North Conway is visited by 10,000 people each week. The Fire Department devotes itself to keeping the Precinct safe and they will be able to do that even more effectively in the new station.
Modern fire stations separate spaces based on a 'clean' areas and 'dirty' areas within the building. The clean side includes areas such as all offices, dispatch, locker room, training room and living spaces. The dirty side is used when firefighters return from a call and have possibly been exposed to dangerous substances. These spaces are called decontamination areas, they include showers, restrooms and special laundry machines that can decontaminate the turn out gear worn by the firefighters.
The HVAC systems in modern fire stations isolate these contaminated particulates from the rest of the building. Modern stations direct their firefighters into the dirty side upon return from a call where they decontaminate both their gear and their bodies. Currently the firefighters have to clean their gear in a room which is not isolated from the apparatus bay or any other spaces and is a shared space with their workshop.
The current square footage of the building is inadequate for the size and number of apparatus the Precinct uses. An average sized person barely fits between the trucks, which have to be arranged very closely side by side and in front of other vehicles in order to fit. You can see the bunker gear is hung on the wall in the apparatus bay where it gets re-exposed to exhaust because there is nowhere else to store it. Modern fire stations store, the very valuable gear, in a 'clean' locker room.
These are two separate employees that both require use of phone and radio. When both are working at the same time it is very difficult to hear if the other person is also on a call.
The current staff kitchen also serves as the breakroom, office for the assistant chief and training room. Firefighters are required to complete scheduled training and not everyone can fit into the same room when the chairs and tables are set up for trainings.
Not to code, commonly called 'ship ladder', the stairs are very steep.
North Elevation Perspective:
West Trackside Perspective:
South Golf Course Perspective:
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First Flooor Plan:
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Basement Floor Plan:
Public Hearing for Project Budget February 19
April 15 Vote
August 31 Demolition
September 7 Labor Day
September 8 Commence Construction
June 15, 2021 Completion
The tax impact is anticipated to be approximately $26 per $100,000 valuation