Station 6 is the second of this prototype station design for the City of Midland and serves the westernmost areas of the rapidly expanding city limits. This project replaced the original Fire Station 6 with an updated facility that is much larger and better able to handle the demands of Midland’s growth past the West Loop. A major objective of providing the newly developed residential areas with quick emergency response was accomplished with the location and features of this station. It serves the existing area of 2000 homes and is ideally situated to provide protection and service to an additional 1200 new homes.

A primary purpose of this project was for it to feel like home to the crews and personnel during their shifts. This multi-company station with the main fire station and police substation is designed to fit the neighborhood profile with a gabled roof system and brick veneer, making it feel more like a two-story house than a large commercial building. The main difference in this building and other homes in this area is the large vehicle bays and dark brick.  Inside, it feels much like a family’s living room with a flat screen television in the common area that serves as the hub of the building.  An open floorplan allowing more interaction and comradery during shifts. The outdoor patio, kitchen and dining room radiate from this main space.  Across the hall is a fully appointed exercise room to keep the firefighters in condition. A half basketball court in the back is another community staple for pick-up games at any time. The bedroom wing appointed with commercial quality materials provides privacy but also easy accessibility to the bays in case there is a call. A library is accessible from the commons area for more private or quiet times.

The station boasts its three-stall drive-thru bay capable of storing the various vehicle sizes at the station. The bay doors can be opened in four seconds, so the firefighters can quickly be on their way to an emergency. Ultimately, response time is the most critical aspect of a fire station. Every area of this station was designed and calculated with response time in mind and provides direct access to the apparatus bays from any point in the building.

Another feature of this project is the police substation that has been included. This location is the only police facility in town other than the main department located on North Loraine Street. The substation gives police another location to work from on the west side of Midland.