Asheville Fire Department to host a hose uncoupling ceremony for Fire Station No. 4

Press release from Asheville Fire Department: 

Asheville, NC (May 11, 2022): The Asheville Fire Department will host a Hose Uncoupling Ceremony (ribbon cutting) for Fire Sation #4 on May 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the renovations and opening of this station. The event will be held at 9 Miller Rd. in Asheville, NC, and is open to the public.

Previously, the Asheville Fire Department’s Fire Station #4 shared operational facilities with Skyland Fire & Rescue. Due to the need for both departments to expand,  AFD initiated a renovation project of a 3200 sqft space to properly house 8 firefighters per shift and 2 fire trucks.

The physical and behavioral health of firefighters is AFD’s top priority, therefore, the department takes this into consideration when renovating or designing a fire station. Containing fire apparatus and equipment separate from living quarters is just as important as having both private and communal spaces for our firefighters. Studies show that the behavioral health of firefighters is improved by sharing common areas such as kitchens, dayrooms, and dining areas but with the understanding, that a private escape for personal space is necessary as well. Research indicates that poor and inadequate sleep can cause health issues, especially for first responders. Fire Station 4 has separate sleeping cubicles in each dorm which are designed to maximize community and minimize sleep deprivation. An article published in Firehouse explains the health risks and dangers associated with sleep deprivation, especially for first responders.

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