Patrick Robinson
Fire Station 11 at 5013 Holden Street SW serves all over West Seattle and is often called to emergencies and fires in South Park when necessary. The station will see some seismic retrofits and other upgrades over the course of the next two years. CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE MORE OR SEE THE GALLERY BELOW THE STORY.

SLIDESHOW: Fire Station 11 open house highlights changes coming

Fire Station 11, built and dedicated in 1970 is a, "stout structure," according to architect Hank Weaver but is due for some seismic upgrades and other notable changes over the course of the next year or so. The station held an open house on Saturday, Nov. 10 to highlight and explain those changes and upgrades to area neighbors. The cost of the upgrades will be approximately $600,000 and construction will start next summer. It's set to be completed by the end of 2013.

The seismic upgrades will include, "strengthening the roof diaphragms and tying the roof to the exterior walls. It's just a matter of connecting a lot of the different elements," said Weaver.

They are adding some "emergency program elements" meaning that in the apparatus bay they will add Bunker Gear Storage, a new decontamination and bunker gear cleaning area and new EMS storage (water an emergency gear). A generator is also being added.

Outside a new shear wall will be added to the southwest corner of the building.

Inside the bunk area will get an upgrade with walls replacing the curtains in what is now a relatively open area.
They will also upgrade by adding a new officers office, adjacent to the watch office.

A new workbench and new gear storage will be added to the apparatus bay.

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