Fire departments across the country are faced with a problem: deadly carcinogens and how best to remove them from personnel after a fire. The Eau Claire Fire Department in Wisconsin took this issue head on in the design of its new fire station. Leaders at the department wanted to protect their employees as well as themselves and took the time to address this important aspect of the building. Not only was the department dealing with the important topic of decontamination, but they were also challenged with constructing their new state-of-the-art facility on a contaminated site. Although challenging, the department and city went the extra mile and challenged the design team to come up with innovative solutions to these problems.
Robert Krzyzanowski shares how one department design focuses on revitalizing a contaminating site and decontaminating firefighters. See his full case study in Firehouse Magazine