Officials broke ground last week on a new $32 million, 21,000-square-foot facility for Brooklyn Rescue 2 that was developed in conjunction with an eye towards sustainability.
The project was the second in as many weeks that the FDNY and Department of Deisgn and Construction (DDC) partnered on together, the other being a new EMS station in Queens.
“DDC and the FDNY are doing great work together, building a strong future for the department,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Rescue 2 is part of that future.”
The new building at 1815 Sterling Place in Crown Heights will utilize a number of energy-efficient designs.
It will feature a geothermal system that will be built 500-feet underground and draw energy from the earth to regulate the temperatures inside the building. That technology and a solar water heating system is expected to reduce by one-third the amount of energy that would normally be required to heat and cool the building.
“In keeping with Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision for a healthier, more sustainable and resilient city, this building will provide New York's bravest with a state-of-the-art facility that supports their crucial mission, while also being energy efficient and a beacon for the community,” said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora.
The building will also feature a green roof and permeable pavement to reduce its overall carbon footprint and lessen storm water runoff. LED lights will be equipped with motion sensors to reduce electricity usage.
Another component of the design is space for training purposes. Rescue 2 is one of five rescue companies in New York City, and the nature of their work includes responding to fires, building collapses, water rescues and hazardous materials incidents.
Nigro explained they need a great place to train.
“This new firehouse will be even more than a home for the firefighters of Rescue 2,” he said. “This facility has been designed specifically with in-service training in mind, including specific areas for trench rescue and confined space rescue.”
Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018, at which time the company will move from its current location on Bergen Street.
The new facility will be the fourth home in the history of Rescue 2, which was created 91 years ago in response to a submarine fire at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which resulted in the death of several sailors.
At the time, there was only one rescue company located in Manhattan.
Over the years, Rescue 2 has responded to a number of major incidents, like the infamous Park Slope plane crash that claimed 44 lives in 1960, and a number of watercraft fires like the St. George Ferry Fire in 1946 and the S.S. Silver Sandal Fire in 1948.
On September 11, 2001, seven members of the company were killed when tower one collapsed while they were on their way to fight the fire on the 83rd floor.