ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: July 27– August 20, 2017
When we last met in March 2017, we spoke of the need to replace and potentially relocate fire stations 51, 52 and 54 so that they can better serve the community. Here is the process we are using to determine where the Tukwila fire stations will be.
How to site a fire station
1. Examine Response Times
Stations must be strategically located to provide equitable response times throughout the city. Fire station location experts analyzed historical incidents, response times and geography to determine the best locations for fire stations in Tukwila, given that Fire Station 51 is moving to a new location out of a floodplain in anticipation of future growth and Station 53 will remain where it is.
2. Evaluate Sites
Once mapping identifies the most equitable areas for station locations, the project team explores individual properties to find the location that best meets station requirements and City needs.
3. Select a Site
Potential sites within the response time polygon are scored against evaluation criteria. Sites that score highest are further examined for feasibility and availability.
Building design begins once a final site is selected.
What we heard from you in March 2017
- Use signs to make fire stations easier to find
- Consider adding community trainings and education programs
What goes into drawing response time maps?
- Existing station locations
- Local road network
- Natural barriers (rivers)
- Man-made barriers (interstates)
- Historic responses (hot-spots)
- Types of buildings, land use and associated activities
- Local conditions