Station Design Webinar Series

Join us Mondays at 12 PM (ET) for a Power Hour with F.I.E.R.O. (Excluding holiday weeks.)

F.I.E.RO. is excited to bring you a webinar series on all things relating to fire stations & their design! Check back often as new sessions will continue to be released. 

Registration is free and you can request a certificate of attendance by e-mailing The certificate of attendance may be used to apply for 1 hour of CEU, depending on the rules of your certifying agency.

Please register for each webinar by clicking the buttons below (space is limited). Once you have registered, you will receive your own unique registration link.

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Monday, December 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM (ET)

Week 7: "Decon Now - Hot Zone Transitions" & "Anatomy of an Apparatus Bay"

Decon Now-Designing Hot Zone Transitions

by Katie Atwater, Project Manager and Christopher Khede, Principal, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects

Building on the principles of Hot Zone Design, this presentation focuses on the design of transitional decontamination spaces within a fire station. The design of these spaces is a critical part of controlling and containing contaminant exposure, and there is not a one size fits all solution. Decontamination design must be customized based on each department’s health-safety goals, operational procedures, staffing demands, and budget. This presentation will present a series of decon design solutions.

Anatomy of the Apparatus Bay

by Rob Manns, Principal, Manns Woodward Studios

This two-part presentation will focus on strategies that are utilized to develop effective and functional apparatus bays and support spaces for operational efficiency and training. The first part of the presentation shall cover how apparatus bays have evolved over the years and what factors now drive their cost. The second part of the presentation will review more detailed items such as spatial requirements, lighting, mechanical systems, vehicle exhaust systems, fire protection, etc.

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM (ET)

Week 8: "Design Award Winners & Jury Remarks"

Report from the Jury—Announcement of 2020 Fire Station Design Awards Program Winners

by Captain Rob Main (ret.), Honolulu Fire Department

This will be the announcement of the Annual F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Awards Program. Highlights of the winning stations will be presented.

Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM (ET)

Week 9: "Vehicle Exhaust Systems" & "Design & Data on the Well-Being of Our Local Heroes"

Vehicle Exhaust Extraction Systems 101 - What You Really Need to Know

by Patrick Stone, Deputy Director of Emergency Services, H2M architects + engineers

Presented from the point of view of the design professional (and long-time volunteer firefighter) that specializes in the design of fire stations using these types of systems, attendees will learn how to analyze and select the system that best suits their needs. Real life examples and case studies will help illustrate the types and uses of the systems available.

How Fire Station Design and Data are Influencing Mental and Physical Health and Well-Being of Our Local Heroes

by Tim Wiley, Project Manager and Chad Edwards, Principal, emersion DESIGN

The mental health and physical well-being of firefighters is becoming more prevalent in the today's world. With new building standards such as Fitwel and WELL, architects and users are putting a higher focus on the way occupants interact with their facilities. Because first responders have much higher levels of stress than the typical office worker, extra emphasis on healthy building strategies must be taken to provide spaces for decompression.

Monday, January 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM (ET)

Week 10: "Planning the Station Within Budget" & "Anatomy of Kitchen & Living Spaces"

Planning the Station We Need Within Our Budget

by Ken Newell, Principal, Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects

Designing a Fire Station project can be a daunting task - but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. As one of the opening sessions at FIERO, this presentation will introduce the audience to the foundational components necessary for the planning, design, and construction of your great Fire Station. We will cover critical issues such as: planning and building the 75-year station; the evolution of fire station design and recent trends; selecting the design team; and, pitfalls to avoid.

Anatomy of the Kitchen and Living Spaces

by Rob Manns, Principal, Manns Woodward Studios

This two-part presentation will focus on strategies that are utilized to develop effective and functional kitchens and living spaces that promote reinforcing the culture of the department, increasing operational efficiency, and controlling project costs. The first part of the presentation shall cover how kitchen and living spaces have evolved over the years and what factors now drive their cost. The second part of the presentation will review more detailed items such as finish and equipment.

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Available for On Demand Viewing

WEEK 4 - HEALTH & SAFETY: "Common Sense Design Solutions" & "How to Build a Proper Decon Laundry"

Fire Station Health & Safety—Common Sense Solutions (~30 mins)

 by Rob Manns, Principal, Manns Woodward Studios

68,000 firefighters reported injuries in 2015; of those 58% were reported to have occurred on the fire grounds inferring the remainder happen while within the station. Issues such as safety security, fire prevention, slip and fall protection, safe kitchen design, ballistic protection, and more will be reviewed to demonstrate that departments can easily implement cost effective solutions that will protect the most valuable asset, their people, no matter what their budget is.

How to Build a Proper Decon/Laundry (~30 mins)

by Bob Mitchell, Owner/Architect, Mitchell Associates Architects

We are all concerned about the safety and decontamination of firefighters, their PPE, vehicles and equipment, both at the fire scene, and at the station. With the increasing understanding of cancer rates among firefighters, the importance of designing decon laundry facilities that are compliant with NFPA 1851 Guidelines as well as with emerging ideas that have not yet become incorporated by NFPA becomes a critical part of the design discussion. There is hardly a new station that does not have a decon/laundry room. Get the latest information on what to request in your station.

WEEK 5: "Fire Station Value Engineering" & "The Uncompleted Station Effect"

Fire Station Value Engineering--How do we Decide?

by Dennis Ross, Director of Emergency Services Market (VP), H2M architects + engineers

 What is value engineering (VE)? Is it cutting costs, counting widgets, using cut-rate materials, finding cheap labor, ignoring regulatory requirements, building out of cardboard, or is it magic? It’s none of these ideas. Applied correctly, VE should create value for your project. So, why is VE considered a dark art? Probably because people don’t understand the concepts and don’t get the information in a manner that can help them maximize the solution. How do you begin this effort? What tools do you need? Where do you find the correct information? In this presentation, you learn how VE can work specifically for fire stations and their sites. Explore the tools you can use to successfully design and build the optimal facility for your budget.

The Uncompleted Station Effect: How to Ensure Your Fire/EMS Station is Completed, Even After the Construction Phase

by Firefighter/EMTB Amberlee Adams, and Division Chief Tony Haden, Austin Fire Department

During the first year of occupancy of a new-build station, you can reduce costs by ensuring punch list and warranty items are properly mitigated by your construction company. By utilizing the thorough knowledge of the end-users (firefighters), they can assist during the post-construction phase by developing a document to track uncompleted items. Documenting deficiencies during the first year can reduce costs to our taxpayers, and work towards supporting the health and safety of our firefighters.

WEEK 6: "Safe Stations, Safe Responders" & "Immersive Design to Improve Resiliency and Behavioral Health"

Safe Stations, Safe Responders

by Ted Galante, President, The Galante Architecture Studio, Inc.

 Events of today bring varying levels of danger to our first responders. Current stations need to be built and possibly hardened in ways that will keep them safe while in quarters. This talk focuses on how to select and arrange a building site, analyze construction methods, and design a building to keep its occupants out of harm’s way. By using case studies, we show how to design and build stations that stay up and operational during all sorts of events or attacks.

Immersive Design-Improving Resiliency and Firefighter Behavioral Health

by Paul Erickson, Principal, LeMay Erickson, Willcox Architects

Emergency responders who encounter traumatic incidents often experience alarmingly high levels of anxiety, depression, PTSD and suicide. New design strategies for fire stations can reduce the impact of trauma and create a healing environment for firefighters. This talk will address the influence of daylight, views to the outside, natural materials, finishes, color, lighting and use of outdoor spaces. Fire station design can now enhance the crew’s resiliency, mental and emotional well-being.


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