Kannapolis Fire Station 5
As a growing city, Kannapolis, NC, required added emergency services on its southern perimeter. Kannapolis Fire Station 5 provided the answer for this need. In addition to full-time fire protection, this station includes a police office and county EMS station, thus providing the full range of emergency services. The fire station is organized for rapid response with all spaces having direct connection to the apparatus room. The day/dining room and kitchen are along the front, allowing the rear bedrooms more privacy and quieter space. The exercise room is centrally located for ease of accessibility and observation from both sides. As the place of the most injuries (heart attacks) in the fire station, it is essential to have continuous observation and quick access for medical attention. The accessibility meets this need while it encourages physical fitness. The bays are drive-through with support spaces along both sides. EMS has its own bay with adjacent living areas. A mezzanine above the EMS quarters is accessible by a stairway from the apparatus room and provides generous storage. The building contains many green elements. Kannapolis Fire Station 5 is a state-of-the-art facility, functional and efficient, and an attractive addition to the city.