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Posted: May 31, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: May 31, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Fire Capt. Paul Rusin gives the invocation at the podium with, from left, L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief Bill Niccum and L.A. County Public Works Director Gail Farber, during the dedication ceremony of Fire Stations 128 and 132 in Canyon Country.

The opening of two new fire stations in Canyon Country was celebrated with pomp and ceremony Wednesday, and another station is set to open later this year in the same area.

“Residents of Canyon Country now have two new fire stations in a time when all fire service in Los Angeles County is being affected by the economy,” Fire Department spokeswoman Stephanie English said. “Many fire stations are closing down or shutting down equipment to save money.”

Station 132 on the 29300 block of Sand Canyon Road is replacing a temporary fire station, but Station 128 on the 28400 block of Whites Canyon Road is entirely new, English said.

Both stations meet the newest energy and environmental design regulations, she said.

The Whites Canyon Road station has seven dormitories and two bays for fire engines, English said.

“It’s a 9,518-square-foot facility built at a cost of just over $10 million,” she said.

The design of the Sand Canyon Road station is similar to the Whites Canyon Road station’s, but the Sand Canyon station cost about $9 million to build, English said.

A third new fire station in Canyon Country at Golden Valley Road, near Highway 14, is scheduled to open later this year, English said.

“The Fire Department is committed to continuing to grow with the community,” she said.

Both of the new stations have been fully functional and in service since March, English said.

Wednesday was a chance to mark their openings with a speech by county Fire Chief Daryl Osby. In attendance were county Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Sheriff’s Department Capt. Paul Becker, California Highway Patrol Capt. Mark Odle and City Councilman Frank Ferry.


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