Creating a Home Away From Home for Firefighters

Lake City Fire Station No. 2

The vision for Lake City Fire Station No. 2 was to be a “home away from home” for the firefighters. Working 72 hour shifts, firefighters are away from their home and families for long stretches, and the rescues they perform are mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing. The city’s top priority was to provide comfort and familiarity for them in a place of respite and recharge.

Firefighters have distinct requirements and protocols when they answer and come back from all calls. Walker Architects and the design team listened and learned the process in and out in order to ensure that the firefighters would be well supported and all protocols would be simple to carry out. The late Fire Chief Randy Burnham wanted this building to set an example of excellence for the Lake City community. Dedicated in his name, Fire Station No. 2 will provide the home away from home he envisioned for years to come.

 

The vision for Lake City Fire Station No. 2 was to be a “home away from home” for the firefighters. Working 72 hour shifts, firefighters are away from their home and families for long stretches, and the rescues they perform are mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing. The city’s top priority was to provide comfort and familiarity for them in a place of respite and recharge.

Firefighters have distinct requirements and protocols when they answer and come back from all calls. Walker Architects and the design team listened and learned the process in and out in order to ensure that the firefighters would be well supported and all protocols would be simple to carry out. The late Fire Chief Randy Burnham wanted this building to set an example of excellence for the Lake City community. Dedicated in his name, Fire Station No. 2 will provide the home away from home he envisioned for years to come.

Project Owner

Lake City Fire Department

Location

Lake City, FL

Completion Date

April 2023

Project Size

6,674 GSF

Cost

$2.5M

Builder company

Oelrich Construction


 

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