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County sets aside $12.5M for fire station

Fire: Golden Valley Road east of Highway 14 will be site for Fire Station 150

Posted: August 3, 2010 10:02 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The map above shows the future location of Fire Station 150, which will be located on Golden Valley Road and expects to be completed by 2012, according to Los Angeles County documents.

Los Angeles County officials set aside $12.5 million Tuesday to build a new fire station on Golden Valley Road east of Highway 14 to accommodate a growing population on the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Fire Station 150 is one of five fire stations currently planned for the Santa Clarita Valley, which has been one of the fastest growing regions in the county, according to Debbie Aguirre, the chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s planning division.

“It takes a long time to get through the process, buying up land and going through the design process,” Aguirre said. “But you’re starting to see the fruits of those labors.”

Fire Department officials hired an independent firm in 2006 to determine how many fire stations the Santa Clarita Valley would need in the near future, Aguirre said. The location of a fire station is based on residential housing. The department tries to have one fire station for every 5,000 homes or 11 to 12 million square feet of developed real estate, she said. 

Fire Station 150 will serve as a battalion headquarters, which means staff at the station will oversee either five or six other fire stations in the valley, Aguirre said, and will cost about $2.5 million a year to run, according to county documents. The station will be staffed by 12 fire personnel 24 hours. Four firefighters will run the station during three different shifts, Aguirre said. 

Construction on the 20,000-square-foot Golden Valley Road stationis set to begin in December, which will be built and staffed by 2012, according to county documents.


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