Rural/Metro opens a new Sahuarita fire station, close to town center | News
Rural/Metro Fire Station 79 has a new home in Sahuarita. It’s just over 9000 square feet, and houses nine firefighters and paramedics for duty every day; located at 765 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita.
This new building follows the already established design for the town center, offering critical infrastructure of a fire station to the community. It was built within a few feet of the temporary station, and it was completed without a disruption of Rural/Metro emergency services.
Due to the fact that the fire station is a 24 hour operation, the new design includes a functional kitchen for cooking large meals to feed the crew, a large number of cabinets and a refrigerator for each crew as well. There is even a large great room, which provides ample space for the dining room table and recliners for television viewing or relaxation. With a reputation for cooking great meals, firefighters take pride in their dining room area or commonly known as the day room, and the space in this new building is certainly worthy. Firefighters are also provided with a dorm style bedroom that includes a twin size mattress, a small desk and a locker for their clothes.
A state of the art exhaust removal system will protect the health of the firefighters, while they are performing their daily tasks, from the particulates of diesel exhaust in the bay while the apparatus are running. The vehicle bay is designed to house up to five firefighting apparatus, and the double rows of glass in the bay doors afford a view of the vehicles from the outside. The bay was designed with growth in mind, it will be able to house additional apparatus and provide expansion capabilities as the Town of Sahuarita grows.
One of the missions of the exterior design team was an attention to curb appeal. Architect, Rick Huch with Seaver Franks Architecture gathered a team of sub consultants to help achieve this goal.
With a tower element 35 feet tall, the fire department scramble is on display. Resourcefully designed to maximize the efficiency of the building, the electrical design includes lighting controls for outdoor lighting and motion switches inside to turn lights off when no one is in the room, or they are not needed. Time was spent reviewing the design and function in the community, including building and parking lot lighting that limits the impact on the beautiful star filled skies in the Town of Sahuarita.
This is the first of two stations in Sahuarita with the permits on the second ready for release. They are always open for tours, just stop by and they will show the entire family around.