The bays would be paired with the planned drive-through bays on the planned new fire station at the corner of Hibbard Street and Buena Vista Avenue, kitty-corner to the new operations center planned for Grand Street just north of Buena Vista.
Such a configuration would allow fire department personnel, driving fire trucks or engines, to enter the new fire station from Grand Street, passing through the Emergency Operations Center, exiting at the back, and then entering the new fire station from the rear of the parcel, proceeding to the two apparatus bays there.
The paired paths provide efficiency in an emergency, by allowing two fire department vehicles to proceed side-by-side through the complex, rather than single-tracking.
Inside the bays within the Emergency Operations Center will be paired drive-through windows which will allow apparatus drives to communicate face-to-face with operations center staff, without leaving the vehicle, to provide updates from the field, further enhancing efficiency in safety in the event of an emergency.
The drive-through windows will be connected by intercom to the operations center on the top floor to relay information in real-time to the emergency response coordination nexus.
The new plans are expected to be sent back to the City of Alameda Planning Board in the coming weeks.