Grand Opening of LAFD Station 5 in Westchester

Friday, June 23, 2006 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Fire Chief William Bamattre at the public dedication and grand opening of the LAFD's newest Fire Station:

Saturday, June 24, 2006
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Fire Station 5
8900 Emerson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045

We are pleased to offer an interactive map and driving directions to this new facility, which is now in service and protecting Westchester, Loyola Village, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Del Rey and the nearby Los Angeles International Airport.

Following Saturday's brief dedication ceremony, there will be free food and entertainment as well as a chance to tour Southern California's newest Fire Station.

All members of the community are warmly welcomed to this family-themed public event.

Please let us share a brief history of former Fire Station 5...

Former LAFD Station 5 (1950-2006)

Built more than 56 years ago at a cost of $109,000 ($107,700 for the structure and a mere $1,300 for the land), Old Fire Station 5 on Manchester Boulevard opened on August 2, 1950 to serve a City just beginning to realize the limits of its westward expansion to the nearby Pacific Coast.

Over the years, Old Fire Station 5's physical space as well as electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems proved unable to support a modern and diverse workforce. Those working inside the nearly six-decade-old building experienced a daily struggle to effectively respond to the growing needs of the many now living, working and traveling in the Station's airport-adjacent district.

Because the property beneath Old Fire Station 5 was too small to support a new Regional Fire Station, Proposition F of November 2000 has provided the community with a new 15,250 square-foot Regional Fire Station, 6,000 square-foot apparatus storage building and a 2,500 square-foot multipurpose room on a two-acre lot.

Groundbreaking for New Fire Station 5 took place on May 13, 2004. Built at a total cost of $9.3 million and almost 2-1/2 times the size of the facility it replaces, the new station opened for service on April 13, 2006, just 23 months after groundbreaking.

Built to exacting safety, seismic and efficiency standards, New Fire Station 5 will be formally dedicated this Saturday.

New LAFD Station 5 (2006). Picture by John Gregory

New Fire Station 5 is presently staffed around the clock with 15 personnel. The staffed units include a Task Force, Paramedic Ambulance, Battalion Command Team and an EMS Battalion Captain. These resources at New Fire Station 5 have a combined average of nearly 21 emergency responses every day.

An LAFD Urban Search and Rescue Company is part of New Fire Station 5's future contingent, and will bring the total daily staffing to 17.

As Los Angeles Firefighters, we know that neighborhood safety demands community interaction. The ability of Fire Station 5 personnel to host community functions and training events in the station's new community room will allow Neighborhood Firefighters an even closer and more productive relationship with those they proudly serve.

We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 5 and the many Fire Department facilities being modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed Monthly Progress Report which can be accessed on-line via:

The men and women of the LAFD look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 24 in Westchester!

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Anonymous said...


I'm impressed with the new fire station! Is there a training tower at one of the corners of the building? How many refrigerators does the station have? Do the firefighters have individual showers? That's what it looks like in the photograph. (I'm asking because in the movie "Backdraft," the firefighters didn't have individual showers). Do you have a kitchen and bedroom in your underground fire station?

Baker Family said...

Congrats on your new fire house! It is great to hear that fire depts are able to build new fire stations to serve the community. We hope to have our new station built here in the next year. It is always exciting to see the new designs on fire stations. Again congrats!

Anonymous said...

I`m glad for you that you got a new firestation, but sad for me. I grew up in that neighborhood in the 50`s,60`s and 70`s before all the changes. It makes me kinda sad- another piece of my childhood gone. I well remember the old firehouse. I went to school at Visitation, and ran in that whole area. Well, so much for nostalgia. Congratulations on your new fire station!!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous June 21,

Please pardon the delayed reply.

Please allow me to reference some photos from *moving day*...

The tower-like structure on one corner of the station is a design element and serves neither as a training or hose tower (there is an outside rack for hanging wet hose).

New Fire Station 5 has two refrigerators, and showers are individual and ajacent stalls rather than an open shower room.

The "underground Fire Station" where I work has all of the facilities of a normal fire station, including a kitchen, shower and dorm as well as a day room and common areas. It's just underground and without Fire Trucks!

I hope these answers help. Those that were unable to make it to Fire Station 5's Grand Opening are welcome to schedule a visit at their convenience.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Baker Family,

Please pardon my delayed reply. Thanks for the note heartfelt wishes. We hope that you enjoy as welcoming an experience with your new station as we have with new LAFD Station 5.

Thankfully, the residents and elected leaders in Los Angeles are deeply supportive of their Fire Department, and provide us with superb staff, outstanding training, state-of-the-art equipment and when necessary (as in the case of Old Station 5), a facility in which we can best meet both their emergency and day-to-day needs.

When your travels bring you to Los Angeles, we hope you'll plan a brief side-trip to visit new LAFD Station 5.

Again, thanks for the kind words. Please stay safe!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous June 25,

Please know you are not alone in having fond memories of Old LAFD Station 5. While our crews were in many ways sad to leave their old stompin' grounds, they know that the new facility will greatly enhance their service to the community... and besides, if we didn't move out of a Fire Station every now and then, we'd still be in *this* LAFD Station 5 [grin].

While the warm wishes are appreciated, please remember that it's YOUR Fire Station. We're merely entrusted to maintain it while proudly in your service.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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