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MAY 14-16, 2019

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects is pleased to announce our participation in the 2019 Firehouse Station Design Conference and 1-On-One Pre-Conference hosted by Firehouse Magazine. This year’s presentations include:

Fighting Firefighter Cancer and HOT ZONE Design

By: Paul Erickson and Keith Tyson

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Together, Paul and Keith will present transformational thinking and design strategies for reducing and controlling contamination at the firegrounds, minimizing contamination transport, and then containing the contaminants at the station before returning to service. They will highlight the three primary avenues for firefighter contamination exposure: respiration, dermal absorption, and ingestion. The topics addressed will include firegrounds operations, PPE and equipment, fire hose, fire apparatus, and the fire station.

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Why Go Vertical? Single Story, Multi-Story and Mixed-Use

By: Christopher Kehde

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

A brief review of fire station design standards for a single-story, 4-bay fire station that will serve as the baseline to compare advantages and disadvantages associated with two and three-story fire stations. Discussions will include reasons to consider vertical development, reviewing integration of fire stations in mixed-use projects, and Public Private Partnerships as a development method to incorporate fire and rescue facilities in private developments.

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Immersive Design for Reduction of PTSD and Suicide

By Paul Erickson and Jennifer Cramer

Thursday, May 16, 2019
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Recognizing emotional stress for emergency responders can rival the levels of PTSD experienced by military personnel, and that alarming rates of firefighter suicide challenge the industry, this presentation will explore how “Immersive Design” techniques and strategies can be implemented in fire station designs to improve the emotional health and well-being of the crew. Together, Paul and Jennifer will demonstrate how “biophyllic design” strategies utilize natural materials, daylight, and views to enhance the sense of orientation, security and safety for firefighters and emergency responders.

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If you are unable to attend this year’s conference or would like additional information on any of these topics, please contact:

Paul Erickson: (703) 956-5600 or

Christopher Kehde: (703) 956-5600 or