New fire station dedicated in "vulnerable" Santa Clarita
Officials in the Santa Clarita Valley will dedicate a new 3,000 square-foot fire station Wednesday, the first of as many as half a dozen stations that will open in the next two years.
The station actually opened for emergency response in August at a cost of $8.6 million, collected from developer fees. A Los Angeles County Fire Department official said the station is expected to field about 1,200 calls per year.
“We are just trying to keep pace with the growing community,” said spokeswoman Stephanie English. “This is in a key location, a visual location, near schools. It will be a huge asset.”
Station 156 is one of six stations slated to open in the Santa Clarita Valley over the next one to two years. English said that getting another permanent station in Santa Clarita was critical because of the community’s history of wildfires.
“We’re building communities in national forest land,” she said. “We butt up right against it. You’ve got homes and communities right in these places that are filled with lots of brush and trees. Combined with the heat and winds, it make us very vulnerable.”
The new station can accommodate as many as 10 firefighters and three dozer crew members. The structure includes attached dormitories for the dozer crews.
Government and fire officials are expected to attend Wednesday’s 11 a.m. celebration at the station. The public is welcome to attend.
-- Matt Stevens