Whether a station is in a high end community with fleets of vehicles or in a simple garage with one apparatus, the fire station is a great source of pride for the firemen who work there. Most fire houses reflect the age and condition of the community in which they serve. They usually blend in with the character of the neighborhood. Some fire houses are well equipped with fancy edifices and plenty of space for training, recreation and social activities. Other fire houses are very basic with just what is necessary to do the job. Most fire houses have a room for social quarters and an alert service to receive alarms.
Many Fire Houses have become considered by the National Register to be historic places (like the one above – Firehouse 1 – Roanoke). These stations were built in the 1800 and 1900’s along the East coast of the United States. Most of these stations are located in the center of cities and are very large in scale. Some of the older and non-renovated stations still have the stalls for the horses that use to be a part of the crew. Today some of these stations are museums while others are still in use or are being used for various other purposes.
Now many fire departments have been moved from the center of cities and are on the edge of town with quick access to highways and major roads. Also many larger cities have multiple stations to ensure rapid responses.