Apparatus Room doors should be at least 3.6 meters (12 ft) wide and 4.3 meters (14ft) high, and when possible each piece of apparatus should have direct access to the street. Single truck stations should be at least 7.5 meters (25 ft) wide whereas multi truck stations require a minimum width of 6 meters (20 ft) per truck.
Depth is dependent upon the number of pieces of apparatus to be housed. Ample space must be provided at the front, sides and rear of apparatus to permit routine maintenance, ease of response and repacking of hose.
Apparatus room floors should be of concrete slab construction with care taken to avoid a slick finish. The floor should be pitched for adequate drainage, but not so steeply that the apparatus will roll toward the doors when the brakes are off.
Suggested ceiling height for the room is 5 meters (16 ft). Overhead, counterbalanced, electrically operated doors with controls either at the alarm room or apparatus room are recommended, however, provision should be made for manual operation in case of power failure.
Other equipment in the apparatus room should include a battery charger, water taps, cleanup tools and maintenance equipment.
Electric or gas fire hose draying equipment is now available which can effectively replace the hose tower of days gone by. Several of the advantages of this modern equipment include reduced construction costs and energy efficiency.
Fire hose washing machines along with dryers and storage racks properly belong in the apparatus area unless a special hose-servicing room is provided.
The mobile type of hose rack, equipped with locking casters and a rotating table for reloading apparatus, is very popular and offers several advantages over the old type racks which were made of pipe and wood.
The Alarm Room is the nerve center of the station, where supervision is maintained over all communications. The old time watch desk, formerly located on the apparatus floor, has given way to a separate room where all alarm communications and controls are centered.
Tack boards, bulletins, radio consoles, telephones, enunciators, speakers and all other signaling and alarm equipment should be arranged in a compact orderly manner and conveniently located.