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Frank Ferry: New fire stations coming to Santa Clarita

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Posted: October 15, 2010 10:42 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita residents are no strangers to the devastating impacts of wild fire.  From the 2007 Buckweed Fire to last year’s Station Fire, our community has witnessed the devastation fire causes to lives, homes, businesses and commuters. Courageous firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department are highly skilled in fighting fire with the most aggressive firefighting equipment possible. 

In 2006, the city of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Fire Department conducted a two-part study that evaluated the current level of fire service in the Santa Clarita Valley in order to assess the need for more fire stations and the revenue necessary to support additional public-safety services.  

The recommendations, which were provided by an independent consultant, indicated the need for additional fire stations as the result of new commercial, industrial and residential development. The findings also suggested the development of a task force to support the proposals in the study.

The task force meets regularly and includes members from the city of Santa Clarita, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning. The task force works to facilitate the planning, development and construction of new fire stations in order to ensure that the highest level of fire protection and emergency medical services continue to be available to residents within the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will open five permanent fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley in the next two years. The Fire Department is committed to protecting lives, the environment and property by providing prompt, skillful and cost-effective fire protection and safety services.

A Golden Valley station, No. 104, located at 26901 Golden Valley Road in River Village at Newhall Ranch Road is planned to open in 2012. Two stations are expected to be built in 2011 with a new station in the Saugus area, No. 128, at 28450 Whites Canyon Road/Plum Canyon and Station No. 132 at 29310 Sand Canyon Road.

Station No. 150 at 19190 Golden Valley Road is also in the works, with a June 2012 planned opening date.  The temporary station No. 156 at 24505 Copper Hill Drive will be replaced with a permanent station planned for mid-2011 opening. 
The Santa Clarita City Council is pleased with the investment in fire personnel and new fire stations and commends the Los Angeles County Fire Department for its commitment to the public-safety needs of residents in Santa Clarita.

Fire season is now year-round and requires everyone to be on heightened alert, especially for those living in wildland area communities.

Fire is, and always has been, a natural part of Southern California’s landscape. These wildfires are fueled by dry vegetation and driven by hot, dry Santa Ana winds, making them extremely dangers and impossible to control.

You can learn how to protect your family and home by picking up a copy of “READY! SET! GO!” from your local fire station or downloading a copy at www.fire.lacounty.gov.

For more information about the future fire stations, please log on to the Los Angeles County Fire Department website at: http://fire.lacounty.gov/default.asp.

Frank Ferry is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at: fferry@santa-clarita.com. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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