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Godwin's Hollow Fire Department
Over the past year the Godwins Hollow Municipal Government has come to the conclusion that the many smaller fire houses around town were an expense that could no longer be maintained. However, the largest of the fire houses - the historic 1932 fire house wasn't big enough to accommodate the entire department. So, in order to take care of both these issues the city solicited proposals for the construction of an expansion of the historic fire house that would maintain the original architectural integrity of the building while also modernizing and expanding the facility. The results I think you will find hit the nail right on the head.
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UPDATE - 9 Jan 12 - in light of the bulk of the comments I've added in a few more 'top down' shots where you can see how the whole complex is laid out. Hope that helps clear up some of the confusion.

Here you're looking down on the Stewart Avenue side of the building but you can see the new engine house in the back with the helicopter parked on top.


Moving a bit farther overhead you see the interior courtyard and the helipad more clearly. You can also see two fast food restaurants adjacent to the fire house. The two restaurants were in place prior to the expansion so the designers had to work within the confines of the available space.


Finally, one last aerial shot where you clearly see the roof of the main building and the three doors of the main engine house under the helipad.



The local community was so excited about the new fire house that a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Christmas Day! Lots of folks turned out – most of the Fire Department’s leadership were there, the mayor came to oversee the ceremony, and lots of local media covered the event as well. It was a very big deal as you can see below.

Print and TV media coverage


Just after the ribbon was cut and cleared


More media coverage


The main conference table downstairs


A few of the brave men and women of the GHFD


The vehicle repair shop


The pole is the only way to go when you've got to get downstairs in a hurry


The main fire engine garage


On top of the garage is the GHFD's helipad


Inside the main garage, lockers, extra ladders, oxygen tanks, etc...


Standing on top of the helipad looking in the courtyard


Recreational space inside the fire house - TV, game table, etc.


The awesome new gourmet kitchen


Dining area which can also serve as an impromptu meeting room or the occasional card table


Bunks for catching a quick nap between shifts


Down the street, south of the Octan Service Station


The Stewart Drive side of the facility


The Sydney Lane side



Comments

 I like it 
  February 22, 2014
Wow! This is epic! Very well done! Great adaptation! I love this!
 I made it 
  September 15, 2012
Thank you all for the very kind comments. We still consider ourselves amateurs around here and so really appreciate the comments. The GHFD was out first 'amended' modular and we started about a year ago wrapping it up just before Christmas. In the end four sets were used on this MOC - not in their entirety but four none the less. Once the GHFD was done we were both really pleased with the final product but looking back at the engine shed in the back and some of the interiors I think we've come a long way (when compared to City Hall or the GHPD). We've thought about trying our hand at custom vehicles and we'll probably get there but for the moment we're focusing on the structures first - there are still some big plans for town - a school, church, factory, warehouse, hotel, construction site, elevated rail line, airport, spaceport, bad guy base and an Agents base. So, still lots of work to do. We really started thinking about vehicles when we started redesigning the Agents base. Version 1 was 3x6 baseplates and we're scaling that down to 3x3. It was that size basically to accommodate the ridiculously sized Agents vehicles - by scaling down the base we'll have to rework the vehicles too. Anyways, thanks again and check back often as we try to add something new at least once a month.
 I like it 
  September 15, 2012
Awesome Job! Beautiful building! You should start making more realistic fire engines. I think it would make the town feel more realistic.
 I like it 
  September 15, 2012
Expensive!! I've made one with two sets mine looks great, but Stewart's is massive.
 I like it 
  August 25, 2012
This is FINAMINAL Stewart! You are a very talented builder. How did you build that so well? Did you use 2 or 3 of the brigades to create this? Great work Dude!
 I like it 
  January 3, 2012
The details are insane! But, I do agree with Bob here, something does not look right. I see a 1 bay in one photo, a 2 bay in another, and then finally, a 3 bay! The heli pad and roof details do not match.
 I made it 
  January 3, 2012
Thanks for the comment but to answer your question - only around Halloween!
Quoting James Keatley Nice interiors, Love the name too, is there an eery feeling about town?
 I made it 
  January 3, 2012
Bob, after you posed the question I can see how it might seems disjointed - the three bay garage with the helipad on top is 'connected' in as much as it's part of the larger 'complex' but it isn't physically connected except for a small wall that ties the two buildings together. You would have to actually walk out of the main building and through the courtyard to get to the garage area.
Quoting Bob K The station architecture is nice, very well made,as is the interior details....but I'm confused about something. There are three pictures that do not match the building. There is an "aerial" shot where you are looking down at the apparatus in the 3 bays. Another shot has the helicopter and helipad. The third shot has a frontal view of the 3 trans-blue bay doors. It does not look like ots part of the 1932 firehouse renovation. Is it another firehouse? I just do not see how those 3 pictures fit.
 I like it 
  January 2, 2012
Nice interiors, Love the name too, is there an eery feeling about town?
  January 2, 2012
The station architecture is nice, very well made,as is the interior details....but I'm confused about something. There are three pictures that do not match the building. There is an "aerial" shot where you are looking down at the apparatus in the 3 bays. Another shot has the helicopter and helipad. The third shot has a frontal view of the 3 trans-blue bay doors. It does not look like ots part of the 1932 firehouse renovation. Is it another firehouse? I just do not see how those 3 pictures fit.
 I made it 
  December 30, 2011
Thank you very much for the very generous comments and the ratings - we always love to hear what others think of our little city.
 I like it 
  December 29, 2011
Absolutley beautiful, amazing detail. I think its probably one of the best stations ive on here.
 I like it 
  December 29, 2011
WOW VERY VERY nice.
 I like it 
  December 29, 2011
WOW VERY VERY nice.
 
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