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...
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 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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