<p class="p1"><strong>Photo courtesy of Seattle Fire Department</strong></p>

Photo courtesy of Seattle Fire Department

The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Fire Station 34 (633 32nd Ave. E.) during an open house on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fire Station 34 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003.

Built in 1970, Fire Station 34 was in generally fair condition but required seismic retrofits to meet the current earthquake safety standards. The $1.8 million project also included interior remodeling to enhance operations.

Fire Station 34 houses one engine company (E34) with a crew of four firefighters and a hose wagon.

The remodel included seismic upgrades to the reinforced masonry walls and the concrete and wood-framed roofs.

A new two-story addition accommodates a fitness room, decontamination room, bunker gear storage, apparatus bay storage and a battery-charging station.

Existing spaces also were improved: the beanery (aka kitchen) was completely remodeled, a new day room was added by capturing underutilized exterior space and the basement was renovated to include more usable storage space and a new laundry room.

In addition to seismic improvements and expanded interior spaces, the station received numerous upgrades, including a new roof, new copper piping throughout, a new fire sprinkler system, a new fire alarm system, asbestos abatement, various mechanical upgrades, new light fixtures throughout, a new emergency generator, upgrades for ADA compliance and new landscaping.

Construction began in 2011 and was completed in October 2013.