Airport security interface with public service
  • Designed and remodeled in the 70’s and 90’s respectively, this locked down facility serves as a neighborhood response station as well as an Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) station for the City of Minot and Minot International Airport
  • This gateway into secure airspace includes two apparatus bays that book end either side of the quarters
  • The sleeping quarters, a high-density barracks configuration, opened directly into the bays on either side without a transition element, creating a direct path of cross contamination
  • Remodel created separation of contamination zones without compromising response times
  • Remodel resulted in a comfortable, home away from home feel with the addition of four new private bedrooms, two private bathrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and new Captain’s office
  • Remodel included new fitness room, new finishes throughout, and mechanical and electrical improvements
  • Construction was completed in two phases, allowing the station to remain operational
  • Funded through shared funds from FAA and City of Minot

Understanding policy and procedure: A must for station design

Read the article published in International Fire Fighter Coauthored by Minot Fire Chief, Kelli Kronschnabel and EAPC Architect, Alan Dostert

“This remodel was complex, but EAPC provided the expertise and guidance to meet our needs. The challenges that the team faced with this project was a restricted budget, meeting FAA design and reporting requirements, federal grant procurement guidelines, as well as a structure that was essentially two fire stations in one to meet two differing critical missions of the community both from a city and an aircraft firefighting response.

This dual purpose station is designed with apparatus bays serving as bookends to the structure with living quarters in the center. EAPC developed a phasing plan which allowed us to keep the fire crews working within the station during the entire process.

The project design started with a larger budget but then was reduced due to cuts. This brought us back to the drawing board and EAPC really listen to our needs and priorities. They came back to us with a design that met the needs of the health and safety of our firefighters, bringing the structure up to code, and within budget.

We are happy with the outcome of the project and our firefighters are now able to live and work in a station that provides them a safe place to work.”

—Kelli Kronschnabel, City of Minot Fire Chief