After many months of planning the Fairwood Fire Station #17 will begin a 6-month major overhaul project consisting of improvements to the interior and exterior of the building that was originally built in 1971. After 41 years of service to the community, the fire station no longer meets current safety standards and operational service requirements.
Project Manager Peter Renner said, “This project illustrates the Fire Commissioner’s commitment to providing a public safety building that meets the needs of the community that will serve the Fairwood area for another 41 years. The project will simplify the general layout of the station, repair previous seismic damage and retrofit the building to current seismic standards, replace the HVAC systems with energy-efficient equipment, provide a code-compliant fire suppression system, provide gender neutral bathroom facilities, and replace worn cabinetry, flooring and finishes. Our focus has been on safety, durability, and lowering operating costs.”
“The much needed improvements to the Fairwood Station, which houses a fire engine and aid unit, will allow our firefighters a safe building that meets the operational needs of our department,” said Renton Fire & Emergency Services Deputy Chief Erik Wallgren. “The firefighters will be temporarily housed in an apartment directly behind the fire station during the construction.” “This will allow for a continued and effective response to emergencies without compromising response times or a delay in the project. The only operational change affected by the project is that the aid unit will be responding from Station #13 located on 108th Ave SE during the construction. The engine company will request the aid unit for those patients requiring transport to the nearest medical facility.” Once the project is completed the aid unit will return to Fairwood Station #17.
*Editor's Note: Information provided by the City of Renton.