"Located on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, Longboat Key Fire Station #92 posed several unique design challenges. The hardened structure includes all the enhanced features of a modern fire station, including a kitchen, gym, bedrooms, television room, and a report writing room. But public health and public safety considerations took the station beyond these standard elements.
As a fire station situated on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the structure can withstand hurricane-force winds and flooding. Near the station’s front entrance on the South end, a public medical facility provides the island’s residents with basic walk-in medical care. The station also incorporates the most up-to-date recommendations of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Ventilation in the three apparatus bays, a two-stage decontamination area, and an extractor to clean a firefighter’s gear are all designed to reduce exposure to carcinogenic particles that pose long-term risks to first responders."
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