Birmingham Fire Station No. 1

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Birmingham Fire Station No. 1 is a Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service fire station located at 1808 7th Avenue North, is the headquarters of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service.

When the city's professional fire department was first established, Fire Station No. 1 was located in the Birmingham City Hall at 321 19th Street North.

A new building for the fire station, designed by David O. Whilldin and constructed for $100,000, opened in June 1921 on the site of the present Park Place Tower. The pull-through design had doors at 1915 7th Avenue North (now Park Place) and 1916 6th Avenue North. Each facade had three large arched openings on the ground floor; two with folding carriage doors for trucks, and one filled with a single swinging door with sidelights and semi-circular transom giving way to the station's offices. The upper floors had three groups of three arched windows divided with short columns and connected with a continuous stone sill. The windows were shaded by a deep cornice.

In 1960 the company's equipment roster included two 750-gallon pumper trucks, a 100-foot ladder truck, a 65-foot water-tower and ladder truck, a civil defense vehicle, a light truck and a car for the north district chief.

The present station was built in 1971. The roof of the building was designed as a helipad, but it is not currently in use.

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