Sandviken Brannstasjon (anno 1903)
Sandviken Fire station is build simultanuously with Skansen Fire station. After the fire on the 22nd of September 1901 that destroyed a large part of the city center (40 wooden houses destroyed and many more damanged), the local borough spent a lot of money on the Bergen Fire brigade and they got new modern equipment and new fire stations in Sandviken and on Skansen. The architect, Th. Bjørnstad, constructed these two fire stations beautiful as churches.
When the fire station was completed in September 1903 it was meant to cover many functions. The crew should be ready to leave the station within 15-20 seconds from sounding the alarm. In the beginning it had horses and stables. On the ground floor it had also room for the telegraphist on duty, an office for the second fire chief, workshops, living room, bedrooms and storage rooms. On the first floor there were two rooms for the storage hay, two dorms, food hall, kitchen and bathroom. And of course - two brass firemen slides.
Sandviken fire station was reconstructed in the 1930's. The development made the horses redundant, the rooms for the storage of hay were made into bedrooms and the dorms were made into several smaller bedrooms. Also in later years the interior was redecorated, unfortunately without thinking of keeping the original interior. The exterior though is still original, both in shape and colour.
Today 24 firemen have their work here, and they really like their fire station and say that "this is the only fire station with a soul". No women work here, since the fire station would have to be rebuilt to make seperate facilities. The women in the fire brigade in Bergen get to serve on more modern stations.
Handheld HDR from three exposures. Tonemapped using Photomatix.
Best appreciated large and on black.