Station 2 protects the southwest portion of Arvada and the northwest portion of Wheat Ridge. This encompasses a diverse area of commercial and manufacturing buildings, hotels, single family and multifamily residences, waterways, railroads and the I-70 corridor. Station 2 was formerly situated about a mile west of its current location. The old station was dedicated in 1958 and intended for what was at the time an all-volunteer fire department. After 53 years of service, Station 2 moved to its new location in October 2011. This state of the art firehouse is far larger than the old quarters and can accommodate the needs of a modern department. Station 2 serves as home to 18 career firefighters and one special fire dog, Molly. The station has 8 bedrooms, a weight room, kitchen, truck bays, in-house training props, firefighter offices and a clubroom. Station 2 features in-floor geo-thermal heating and a rooftop solar panel array for both heating water and producing electricity in house.
Engine 52 is a 2013 Pierce Saber with a 750 gallon water tank and 1500 gallon per minute pump. At over 33 feet in length and at 10’7” tall, Engine 52 is powered by a Cummins ISL-9 motor. One of the busiest companies in the Arvada Fire Protection District, this engine averages over 1,500 calls per year. Engine 52 is equipped for fire suppression activities as well as advanced life support response to medical emergencies. A hydraulic power unit with full complement of hose and hydraulic tools, as well as other specialty tools, provides heavy rescue extrication capabilities when responding to motor vehicle accidents. Due to the high volume of vehicle accidents on I-70, Engine 52 personnel are a highly experienced group of professionals ready to handle any type of accident and extrication throughout the district.
Due to the large number of water areas in Arvada and Wheat Ridge, the District must have a water/ice rescue team trained and ready to respond. The personnel of Station 2 have all attended classes to acquire and maintain swift water and ice rescue certifications and practice these techniques regularly. Along with crews at Station 5 and Station 8, the water rescue team is ready to serve the community in any water rescue situation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Engine 52 pulls a trailer that is equipped with a raft, flotation devices, tools, rope, and depending on the season, swift water or ice rescue suits. The trailer also holds an 8 wheel ARGO amphibious vehicle. The ARGO can carry fire fighters, equipment, and patients down bike paths, into lakes, and along rivers to areas that Engine 52 is too large to access.
Medic 52 is a 2012 Ford F450/MedTec Advanced Life Support ambulance powered by a 6.2L V8 engine. Medic 52 responds to medical and traumatic injury emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, structure fires, and citizen assist calls. This ambulance was moved from Station 6 on 65th and Simms to Station 2 when Arvada started doing transports in Arvada’s Station 2’s most southern part of the district. Personnel staffing Medic 52 also train and serve as firefighters and perform many other vital functions for the Arvada Fire Protection District.