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An Introduction to Architectural Design: Fire Stations

COURSE NO: A02-003
An Introduction to Architectural Design: Fire Stations
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will give you the fundamentals you need to address fire station planning and layout for design projects in your day-to-day practice and activities. You will learn about space allocation criteria, core functional areas, site evaluation and location, general design guidelines, site design, and building design criteria.  You will learn criteria for selection of furniture, fixtures and equipment for all of the functional areas in fire stations.  You will learn how to develop and apply functional relationship diagrams for all areas of a fire station.


This course provides guidance for development of fire stations appropriate for fighting the two primary types of fires:  Structure fires and Airport Crash fires. This course will introduce you to the principles of architectural planning and design. Because architectural design is largely a subjective process, the "casebook" approach is used to illustrate it.  In this instance, the architectural design of fire stations is the "case" to be discussed.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for all engineers, architects, designers, construction professionals and others involved in the development and approval of fire station construction projects. It is intended to help all participants better understand fire station requirements, programs, and design criteria so they can effectively participate in the project development process.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about space requirements for apparatus, maintenance, training, administration and on-duty living
  • Learning how the class of trucks assigned to a fire station drives the requirement for apparatus space
  • Learning how space requirements differ for Structure fire stations and Aircraft Crash and Rescue stations
  • Learning the factors that determine the most appropriate and cost-effective location for a fire station
  • Learning about layouts and adjacencies, and how to use functional relationship bubble-diagrams to analyze them
  • Learning about the different layout requirements for satellite, main, and large main fire stations
  • Learning about space and layout requirements for apparatus bays for different truck and equipment assignments
  • Learning the basic room layouts for administrative, dispatch and on-duty living spaces in a fire station
  • Learning when information technology (IT) space will be required at a fire station, and how much will be needed
  • Learning space program recommendations for apparatus, equipment and maintenance
  • Learning space program recommendations for administrative, training, residential and living spaces
  • Learning when other spaces may be required at a fire station, and how much space may be needed
  • Learning the basics of fire station organization and circulation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Architectural Design: Fire Stations".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Architectural Design: Fire Stations (2.81 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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