Traditional Detroit Fire Station Doors Being Replaced

Today in Detroit Fire Department History - January 1978

Today in Detroit Fire history - January 1978

The department began a program to replace the traditional swing-out doors on Detroit fire stations' apparatus bays. New overhead roll up doors were put in place.

Engine 51's quarters with one traditional swing-out door (right) and one overhead roll-up door (left). Engine 51's quarters is located on Livernois at Curtis.

 
 

Engine 49's station on Grand River and Manor was one of the first stations to receive the new doors.

A majority of Detroit's fire stations were built when fire rigs were much smaller. As technology evolved fire apparatus got bigger. The doors were changed in order to provide more clearance for the larger modern day rigs. They also provided additional security to fire stations that had experienced several break in while firefighters were out of the station responding to emergencies.  
 

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