The Williston Fire Department recently accepted the 2009 Bronze Station Style Design Award from Fire Chief magazine.
The award was presented at the station by architect Alan Brown of Dore & Whittier Architects Inc.; Brown was the lead architect for the station.
The Williston Fire Station was chosen from 87 stations nationwide. New stations were evaluated, with the results published in a recent edition of Fire Chief Magazine. The Williston station is also featured for the month of August in the 2010 Awards Calendar.
The award was given largely for the functionality of the building, which was conceptualized after much research by Fire Chief Ken Morton.
Prior to the construction of the Talcott Road station, administrative functions and equipment storage had been dispersed throughout five locations in Williston. With all operations now in one place — as well as dorm space for eight people — the station can be staffed 24 hours a day. Currently, one full-time firefighter/EMT works at the station at night; the firefighter/EMT has support from on-call members sleeping at the station.
The community can also use the fire station, which as a community room with seating for 40 people. The community room, also used as a training room, was constructed to easily transform into an Emergency Operations Center, creating a single location for Police, Fire, EMS, and Public Works in the event of a natural disaster or emergency requiring the coalition of these integral departments.