America’s fire stations
They have certainly changed over the years. In the 1800s, many were simple wood or brick structures just large enough to shelter the water wagons and horses. Gradually, they evolved.
By the 1950s, people were aware of the importance of fire stations. In many towns and cities, they became symbols of community pride. They were no longer just structures. Fire stations were the buildings that housed the firefighters and equipment responsible for a neighborhood’s well-being.
And they still are. In fact, the 9/11 tragedy has increased their importance.
Making it indestructible
At Monolithic, we think fire stations should be indestructible. They house emergency response teams – the firefighters and paramedics a community needs when natural or man-made disasters strike.
A Monolithic Dome designed as a fire station can be a facility invulnerable to tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes and a serious deterrent to acts of terrorism. Read about the Monolithic Emergency Center.
There are other benefits as well:
- Lower construction costs – The construction of a Monolithic Dome facility is usually significantly less than similarly sized and outfitted buildings of another type.
- Lower ongoing fees for energy use – Because of its superior insulation, a Monolithic Dome uses a minimum of energy to maintain a comfortably warm or cool interior.
- Lower maintenance and upkeep costs – Both the interior and exterior of the dome shell require little care and maintenance.
- Design flexibility – A Monolithic Dome fire station can be as large or small as the community needs and wants. It can include multipurpose rooms that can be used by the fire department for training, by the community for meetings and classes, and by the neighborhood as a disaster shelter should tragedy strike.
Updated December 2010