SEATTLE – It was more than just a meet and greet, not your typical open house. Dozens of Seattle residents got to check out the newly renovated fire station 40 in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle on Saturday. Station 40 is the latest among 32 fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced thanks to the fire levy that voters approved in 2003. What’s special about station 40′s upgrade: the station got a seismic retrofit, which brings it in line with current earthquake safety standards.
Built in 1974, fire station 40 houses one engine company with four firefighters and one reserve engine. The station’s entire wood structure was seismically renovated, with upgrades to the kitchen, workout room, bunk and living space, the fire department reported in a press release.
“Our firefighters play an important role in this tight-knit community,” said Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “Here’s a chance for residents to meet their local firefighters, learn more about their lifesaving techniques and see their improved work facility.”