The average person doesn’t give much thought to doors when they enter or exit a building. But for firefighters, slow doors can mean losing precious seconds of response time. So when the Bloomington Fire Department built Station 3, a brand-new, fully updated facility, they knew that the doors would be a critical element of the design.
Working in tandem with our partners at Door Engineering, we recently finished installing FF300 four-fold doors measuring 14Wx14H. Members of the Bloomington Fire Department recently moved into Fire Station 3, which is now fully operational and home to three captains and 20 firefighters.
Conventional high speed or sectional door systems aren’t a good option for fire stations. These doors roll from the bottom up, which means that workers must wait to gain full height access of the door. Four-fold doors, on the other hand, slide open from the middle out to the sides, giving full height access almost immediately. Another key feature: four-fold doors have a manual disconnect with allows firefighters to manually open the door in seconds necessary case of a power loss. High speed or sectional doors also rely on springs to lift the door. No matter how much maintenance is performed on them, springs will inevitably fail – and heavy lifting or special equipment is needed to open the door, losing precious time to respond to a fire.
When bidding on the job, we knew Yale was going up against bigger companies. But our strong relationship with Door Engineering, competitive bid, and experience with these types of installations made us the right fit. And no detail was too small: The doors were powder coated to match the exact red of the firetrucks at the station, as well as the other windows in the building We worked tirelessly to fine tune the sensor in the doors remote control, so the firefighters could close the door from a range of up to 200 feet if they forget to close them when rushing to a fire. We also manufactured a special door disconnect tool in our shop to better suit their needs. We are very proud to have been involved in this project and to know our work is helping keep your community safe.
While Yale Mechanical is well known for our HVAC, Plumbing and Millwright divisions, the Dock and Door team is one of the Twin Cities best kept secrets. We have an experienced team that is well versed in dock and door equipment and has overcome a variety of unique challenges, as well as access to more than 50 millwrights for the toughest jobs. We take the time to ask the right questions and learn about the customer’s needs, so we can help them choose the best type of door for their needs. Next up is a similar project for the Burnsville Fire Department.
If you have any questions about the right type of door for your building, we’d love to talk to you about it. Just send me an email and we’ll get started.