Longview Fire Department’s $550K remodel to create quicker turnaround between


Plans to add more showers at the Longview Fire Department’s 38th Avenue station will put firefighters “back in service quicker to respond to emergency calls,” Longview Fire Chief Jim Kambeitz said about an upcoming remodel.

The work — scheduled to begin in two weeks — will decrease lag time between when firefighters are waiting to wash up after returning from a call and responding to the next emergency.

The remodel is expected to be completed in about six months.

Showers

Crews cannot go to another call until they shower and wash their gear to decontaminate from the carcinogens that land on them during fires, Kambeitz said. While crews wait to wash up, other firefighters — possibly farther away from incidents — may have to respond to a call, he said.

Currently, the 38th Avenue station has one bathroom for an average of five firefighters, which includes one woman. Waiting occurs when different sexes need to use the bathroom as well as during shift changes — where up to five crew members come into work and up to five leave, Kambeitz said.

After the remodel, there will be three separate bathrooms that include a shower, toilet and sink, he said.

The city of Longview is paying nearly $550,000 to add 730 square feet to the northwest section of the station. The buildout will expand the 830-square-foot restroom, dormitory, kitchen and training area, as well as add a new sprinkler system, HVAC and radio equipment, according to city documents.



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