Station 18 - Ballard

Fire Levy Info:

Updated: 2013-05-10

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. It is unique among the Department's stations in that it received a thorough seismic upgrade in the 1990s.

About the Project
Station 18 requires no seismic retrofits; its classification as a seismic and safety upgrade project relates to only its safety improvements and some modest remodeling. This work will reconfigure the west apparatus bay to accommodate decontamination equipment as well as crew preparation and vehicle maintenance functions. Existing storage areas will provide storage space for EMS and major disaster equipment, and the existing basement will be remodeled to accommodate fitness equipment and additional equipment and storage facilities that will be displaced by the main floor remodel. The work will also feature a significant upgrade to the station's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

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 in the schematic design phase.


  • 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.