The Goodyear City Council approved nearly $20 million for two new fire stations at its Dec. 16 meeting. According to a presentation, the fire stations will place a heavy emphasis on firefighters’ long-term health and improving response times for the community.
The $8.2 million Station 186 will be a 12,587-square-foot facility on Willis Road just east of Rainbow Valley Road. Construction will begin in March and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020. Council approved the $1 million purchase of the site Dec. 17, 2018.
The $10.4 million Station 181 will be a 15,855-square-foot facility located on 143rd Avenue between Van Buren Street and Celebrate Life Way. It will replace the decommissioned station currently located there. Construction will begin in April and is scheduled for completion in early 2021.
“They’re very functional buildings, with a focus on improved response times and ensuring the safety of our firefighters inside the station,” said Goodyear Deputy Fire Chief Tom Cole. “Over the last few years, firefighters across the country on average are seeing an increase in cancer diagnoses from the exposures they encounter on fires.”
The new stations will be designed with more efficient decontamination procedures to ensure the timely removal of any materials that collect on firefighters’ clothes and bodies.
“The key difference between these new stations and our existing stations is those actions will be more efficient,” Cole said.
Both of the new stations will include the following features:
A decontamination corridor: allows firefighters to decontaminate their turnout gear as soon as possible upon returning to the station. “The decontamination process will flow from room to room, from the first area where they’re cleaned to the next area where they’re hung to try, to the final area where they’re stored when they’re not in use,” Cole said.
A vestibule: separating the “clean” (living) side of the station from the “dirty” (business) side. “Rather than just one door into the station, you’ll see a two-door system with a space to help trap those contaminants and knock-off carpeting on the ground to knock things off of our footwear, and keep the clean side of the station as clean as possible,” Cole said.
A personnel decontamination corridor: allowing firefighters to rid their bodies from contaminants as soon as possible. The corridor will lead firefighters directly to an individual bathroom stall upon their return to the station. “We think it’s certainly the most effective way to get firefighters clean and keep the station as clean as possible,” Cole said.