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2020 F.I.E.R.O. Webinar Series & Design Awards Program
2020 F.I.E.R.O. Webinar Series & Design Awards Program

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. If you would like a certificate of attendance, please e-mail after the webinar. Please click the link of the webinar to register.

Webinar 1 - Monday, October 19 12:00 PM (ET)

Getting the Right Start for Your Fire Station Design (~30 mins)

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.

Feasibility Studies (~30 mins)

by Lynn Reda, Principal, & Keith Driscoll, Senior Associate, Hughes Group Architects

Feasibility studies and building assessments are essential tools that help define the possibilities and limitations of a potential site, new building or renovation project. Learn the benefits and limitations of having a Feasibility Study completed before purchasing a piece of land, and how a Feasibility Study can be used to evaluate site location and generate community support. Through case study examples, understand when to conduct a Building Assessment as part of a large planning effort.

Webinar 2 - Monday, October 26 12:00 PM (ET)

Living in a Toll Booth - And Other Random Locations for Stations (~30 mins)

by Division Chief Davis Haden, Austin Fire Department

Like much of the nation, Austin has an aging infrastructure of fire stations. Nearly 45% of our buildings are over 40 years old. To address gender equality, cancer prevention, and modern code requirements, the AFD is in the process of renovating these aging structures. This restoration requires us to move out, but to where? This session will look at the types of locations we are considering and at the driving reasons for picking the places we have.

FED Talk: Corona with Lyme (~15 mins)

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

A look at lessons learned and how that might impact fire station design in the future, i.e. isolation rooms and parking, drive-by testing, the lobby and several other considerations.

FED Talk: History Repeats Itself - Let's Get it Right This Time (~30 mins)

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

Too often fire stations are designed or built in a way that is not safe, or that does not allow for expansion or re-use. Let's plan correctly, with American ingenuity and get it right the first time. Focus is long term design strategies.

Webinar 3 - Monday, November 2 12:00 PM (ET)

Do's and Don'ts - Lessons Learned When Building a Fire Station (~30 mins)

by Fire Chief Steve Kelly, Miami Township Fire & EMS (OH) and Nestor Melnyk, Principal, MSA Design

This presentation will include an architect and a fire chief who have recently completed fire station design projects and will provide insight into some "do's and don'ts" related to fire station design. The presenters will discuss key points to remember, benchmarks to highlight, and critical errors to avoid in your next fire station design process. The presenters will also take questions from attendees in attendance.

Mission Critical 24/7/365 Net Zero Energy Design (~30 mins)

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

This presentation discusses strategies for achieving the most energy efficient public safety facilities, in simple terms. Using our Cincinnati District 3 Head Quarters, we discuss how this 24/7/365 facility achieved not only Net-Zero but Net-Positive performance and what steps you can take for your station to do it as well. Participants will understand the importance and value of early design-led energy modeling, massing, and solar orientation and how that effort translates into dollars saved.

Webinar 4 - Monday, November 9 12:00 PM (ET)

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.

Webinar 5 - Monday, November 16 12:00 PM (ET)

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.

Webinar 6 - Monday, November 30 12:00 PM (ET)

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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