Groundbreaking for new Fire Station in Palms

Friday, February 03, 2006 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Herb Wesson, City Engineer Gary Moore, Board of Public Works Commissioner Valerie Shaw, Fire Commission President Dalila Sotelo and Fire Chief William Bamattre at the groundbreaking ceremony for new City of Los Angeles Fire Station 43 in Palms.

Monday, February 6, 2006
Groundbreaking Site for New Fire Station 43
3690 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034

We are pleased to offer an interactive map and personalized driving directions to the groundbreaking site.

Housing an Engine Company and Paramedic Rescue Ambulance, and protecting a 4.3 square-mile district centered in the west Los Angeles community of Palms, new Fire Station 43 will replace a cramped and inefficient facility on National Boulevard that opened in 1942.

Station 43 crew in 1942 just after facility opened. Click this image for more information...

Current Fire Station 43 was designed prior to World War II and built on a 100' x 103' lot at a cost of $35,000, when the district was mainly residential. Due to significant development, the area now has commercial, industrial, large multi-story apartments, and filming industries.

The sixty-four year old current facility has been deemed deficient in meeting seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodation issues.

In fact, when built, the first crew assigned to the current station (some of whom joined the LAFD in 1922) boasted of working in one of the few Fire Stations heated by the modern marvel of "air forced across hot water pipes from a 200 gallon storage tank".

Current LAFD Station 43 in Palms.

LAFD operational advances in the past six decades now make that 4,885 square-foot station and only slightly larger parcel of land inadequate for providing timely and effective response to the community's needs.

New Fire Station 43, which will include a special meeting room for use by the community, will be an efficient and appealing long-term asset for all who live, work and visit the Palms area of Los Angeles.

The new energy-efficient 15,250 square foot facility will be built on a one acre site. It has been designed to support multi-role emergency response needs while bringing efficiency to LAFD's workforce - and therefore convenience and enhanced service to a vibrant neighborhood that we've been long proud to be a part of.

We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 43 and the many Fire Department facilities being modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.

We look forward to seeing you in Palms for this groundbreaking ceremony on Monday morning, February 6!

UPDATE: Groundbreaking photos and slideshow are now available.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Could that photo of Engine 43 possibly be an Auto Car????


LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Adccording to our records, the vehicle pictured is LAFD Shop #1090, a 1940 Kenworth-United Triple Combination Pumper with a 1250 gpm pump and 150 gallon booster tank.

Sometimes referred to as a "Coke Wagon" that particular and uniquely styled apparatus, powered by a 6-cylinder, 240 horsepower Hall-Scott gasoline motor, was one of two identical rigs purchased by the LAFD just prior to World War II (the other was assigned to Engine Company 53 in San Pedro).

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

UPDATE: A photo gallery and slideshow of the groundbreaking event are now available.

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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