West Seattle Junction - Station 32 - Battalion Station
About the Station
Located in the center of West Seattle, Station 32 currently houses an engine company (E32), a ladder unit (L11), a medic unit (M32), and a reserve medic unit.
Station 32 is about 40 years old and is ready for replacement. Its building systems are old, and the station offers inadequate space for modern apparatus and staffing levels. It is also out of regulatory compliance in many areas, and is structurally substandard for seismic survivability.
About the Project
Given Station 32's current condition as well as its capacity to play a more central role in West Seattle, a full rebuild of this facility makes more sense than a piecemeal renovation.
The plan, therefore, envisions a rebuild at Station 32's existing location. As part of the rebuild, Station 32 is slated for major improvements and conversion to the lead station for Battalion VII, which covers all of West Seattle, southwest Seattle, and Harbor Island, and the industrial areas lining both sides of the Duwamish River.
Following the rebuild, Station 32's core operations will continue to comprise an engine company, a ladder unit, a medic unit, and a reserve medic unit. In addition, the station will have an additional bay to accommodate a battalion chief unit. The rebuilt facility will also include a battalion chief office.
The rebuild will create space to house one of the City's three new emergency fragmentation caches within Station 32. Each fragmentation cache would be positioned to respond to seismic and manmade disasters that could isolate certain areas of the City due to bridge damage or debris blockage. Construction of space to house the caches will provide the City with future flexibility to deliver this enhanced service at a minimal up-front capital cost.
Finally, the City will seek further design efficiencies and cost savings to fund an additional reserve bay at this station as well as space for various decentralized training activities.
During the station upgrade, the station is expected to be relocated to an interim facility that will ensure continued fire and medic response to the neighborhood served by Fire Station 32.
Planned Station Features
Administrative and Crew Areas
The project is in schematic design phase.
Anticipated Start Date: 2013