Station #12, on the City's far west side, began operations at 400 South Point Road in August, 2009, filling a significant gap in emergency response. The station is named in memory of Dr. Darren Bean, the Department's former Medical Director. Dr. Bean died in a Med Flight crash in May, 2008. A memorial plaque for Dr. Bean is showcased in the station's community room.
Station #12 was built to meet specifications for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most:
- Energy savings
- Water efficiency
- CO2 emissions reduction
- Improved indoor environmental quality
- Stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts
Station #12 has received LEED Platinum Certification – the first firehouse in the country to earn that distinction. The building received Fire Chief Magazine’s Silver place 2009 Station Style Design Award.
Station #12 “green” construction includes these noteworthy design elements:
- A geo exchange system that is the sole source for heating and cooling the building
- A green roof with vegetation in place of conventional roofing materials
- Solar heating panels for the building’s hot water needs
- Xeriscaping that reduces the amount of high-maintenance turf in the landscaping
- A storm water collection system for general non-potable water use