The current Fire Department Headquarters, located at 121 Connecticut Avenue, was built in 1963 in a different era of public safety. In the last 50 years, the population in the City has increased by 30%. The Fire Department has also grown to meet the diverse needs of the City. The services provided by the Department continue to evolve to meet the challenges of emergency response in the 21st century. The current Fire Headquarters at 121 Connecticut Avenue no longer meets the public safety needs of our community.
The existing HQ building is increasingly expensive to maintain. Fuel for heat and air conditioning is very expensive in this inefficient building. The building needs too much work to bring up to code, to make it energy efficient, to create more useable work and meeting spaces or to create a facility that will serve the City very well for the next 50 years.
Structural problems will continue to plague the existing facility. The apparatus floors will continue to settle and sink, pulling down interior walls and causing damage to building services. The electrical and plumbing infrastructure as well as the main heating plant continue to deteriorate and would be very expensive to replace.
Although a larger site would be better than the existing Volk site we decided that the City could not afford to buy commercial property to relocate the facility. In 2008, the Fire Department conducted a study to look at options for the headquarters, the study concluded that “A new, properly designed, low maintenance, long-life, sustainable structure is the recommendation for the most viable, cost-effective option for Norwalk to solve the inadequacies of the current Volk Station”
To ensure a smooth transition and continuity of services during this project. The best option was to move the Fire suppression division to 100 Fairfield Ave, which is the site of apparatus maintenance and also served as the Fire Marshals Office. During the summer and fall of 2011, the Fire Marshals office and the Fire Administration offices moved to 141 East Ave. In November 2011, the Fire Suppression division and apparatus moved to 100 Fairfield Ave.