Fire station gets honor

Published 11:37 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Members of the Suffolk Fire & Rescue honor guard raise the flag in front of the building that houses department headquarters, Fire Station No. 6 and an emergency operations center during the opening ceremony in August 2010. The building recently was honored by “Fire Chief Magazine” for design.

The King’s Fork Public Safety Center has been recognized in the November issue of “Fire Chief Magazine,” which honored the facility’s design as being “Career Notable” in its 2011 StationStyle Design Awards.

Opened in August 2010, the King’s Fork Public Safety Center is home to Suffolk Fire & Rescue headquarters and is known as Station No. 6. Located at 300 King’s Fork Road, the 26,000-square-foot facility houses a 12,500-square-foot fire station, in addition to administrative offices, an emergency operations center and a backup E-911 center. RRMM Architects was the architect of record, and Tecton Architects was the design consultant on the project.

Visitors to the station are greeted by a display of the department’s history, including a fully restored 1927 American LaFrance Metropolitan truck, along with the city’s original two fire bells dating from the early 1900’s and other pieces of irreplaceable firefighting memorabilia.

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“I am very excited that our King’s Fork Fire Station was featured as “Career Notable” in “Fire Chief Magazine,” Chief Mark Outlaw said in a city press release announcing the honor. “My congratulations to those who helped with the planning and design of the station. It is truly a beautiful facility that provides efficient and effective services to our community.”