Station 18 - Ballard

Updated: May 10, 2013

About the Station
Station 18 is the lead station for Battalion IV, which covers most of northwest Seattle. The station houses a large number of functions. Its core operations comprise an engine company (E18), a ladder unit (L8), a medic unit (M18) and a battalion chief unit. It houses a number of reserve units as well, including a reserve battalion chief unit, a reserve ladder unit and a reserve medic unit. The station, along with Station 25, also houses one of the Department's two hose wagons. These wagons, converted from older engines, are capable of laying and pumping water through 6,000 feet of hose.

As one of the newer stations in the system, Station 18 is in generally good condition. Though seismically upgraded in the 1990s, it was not done to the most current standards and will receive additional strengthening.

About the Project
Station 18 will receive seismic retrofits and substantial remodeling. The building is designed to meet LEED Gold standards. The building's heating, cooling and ventilating system will be upgraded to modern energy efficient standards. New water-efficient plumbing fixtures will be installed. Much of the lighting will be low-wattage LED fixtures. Additional insulation on the roof and walls will also be added in the remodel.

Space will be added for a maintenance area and storage for the firefighter's bunking equipment. Other smaller space additions will be done for storage and to upgrade the battalion chief office. Individual bunks will replace the communal space.

The station is now operating out of a temporary location at 4733 Shilshole Ave. NW.

Planned Station Features
Technical Capacities:

  • Bay space for eight apparatus, including a battalion chief bay
  • Decontamination/clean room
  • Maintenance work area and compressor
  • Storage for major disaster supplies and EMS equipment
  • Hose tower
  • Training facility: drilling platform, training classroom

Administrative and Crew Areas:

  • Secure public lobby
  • Station office
  • Bunker gear room
  • Beanery kitchen and dining room
  • Physical fitness room
  • Firefighter bunk rooms
  • Toilet/shower rooms
  • Laundry room

Current Status
The project is under construction. It is expected to be complete by December 2015.


  • January 2015: Start of construction.
  • June 2013: Approximately 400 neighbors attended a community open house to view the current project design and tour the station.
  • October 2011: SHKS Architects were selected to design the project.