The below information was taken directly from the fire department’s needs study and highlights why Station 4 is being shuttered:
Station 4 Deficiencies
The station is typical of the era it was designed in. It was not planned for full time staff and sleeping. Trucks were smaller and there was less emphasis on training, health/wellness and reporting. Expansion is not possible anymore as the entire site has been utilized. The garage space has no support spaces and no additional space for apparatus and storage. There is no separation between apparatus bays and living spaces. All staff support areas are minimal as they are too small, including the bathrooms. A decontamination space does not exist. There are no training spaces. Parking is lacking and cannot be expanded. There is no staging area for trailers or equipment, so they would be in the circulation path. Access has become more difficult with the increased traffic loads on the intersection. There is tight space for required trash, recycling and no outdoor space for firefighters. The adjacent railroad is noisy and the trains stop traffic, which is a public safety concern during a call.