Established in May of 2020, the Vernon Township Fire Protection Territory provides emergency and fire protection services for the towns of Fortville and McCordsville, as well as the rural areas of Vernon Township. The Vernon Township Fire Department currently operates out of two stations: the newly constructed Station 431 in Fortville and temporarily in Volunteer Station 8 in McCordsville. However, these two stations sit south of a railroad line, which greatly reduces response times with many active trains in the area. In addition, population growth in Vernon Township and neighboring communities further increased the need for additional stations, thus birthing Vernon Township Fire Station 432.
Nestled between residential and commercial developments, Station 432 sits on an intimate site purposefully located to protect citizens north of the railroad tracks. This contemporary station is comprised of 10 bunk rooms and three pull-through apparatus bays. Focused on durability and efficiency, this station is organized into two distinct volumes— the apparatus bays and the living quarters. The client desired an aesthetic blend of historic firehouse references with some modern elements. The result is a facility that is robust and grounded while simultaneously welcoming to the community and friendly to the adjacent neighborhood.