Grand Opening of new LAFD Station 65 in Watts

Thursday, September 28, 2006 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome you to join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Janice Hahn, Fire Chief William Bamattre and civic and community leaders at the public dedication and grand opening of the LAFD's newest Neighborhood Fire Station.

Saturday, September 30, 2006
10:00 AM
New Fire Station 65
1801 East Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90002

We are pleased to offer an interactive map and driving directions to this new facility, which is now in service and protecting the Watts area of South Los Angeles.

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 fascinating bit of history about Fire Station 65...

With progress and prosperity in our City following World War I, a large expanse of construction was soon taking place in our City's southeastern region. To serve this burgeoning and largely unincorporated area, the independent Watts Fire Department was founded on November 6,1924.

Less than two years later on May 29, 1926 the City of Los Angeles annexed the community of Watts, and the four members of the Watts Fire Department became part the LAFD. The Watts' near-new 1924 Seagrave Suburban combination pumper and hose wagon was christened LAFD Engine Company 65 and took up residence in Watts tiny station at 1645 East 103rd Street.

This annexing was highlighted in the LAFD's 40th Annual Report of June 1926.

With the economic boom following The Great Depression and our City swiftly expanding, a decision was made to house LAFD's Engine Company 65 in a building shared equally with Police officials.

On July 6, 1936, LAFD Engine Company 65 and Truck Company 65 moved into the combination Police/Fire substation at 1525 East 103rd Street. This is the very site and building that the crew and apparatus occupied until just a few weeks ago!

Built on a 10,010 square foot site that cost the City $19,200 to acquire and $61,890 to build (both the Police and Fire Station) the recently closed location proudly served the citizens of Los Angeles for seven decades.

With construction and key building systems that predated modern necessities - and all but precluded operational efficiency, Old Fire Station 65 struggled to support the needs of contemporary Firefighters and Firefighter/Paramedics in protecting those who live in the Station's very busy 2.97 square-mile district.

In fact, by 1960, Fire Station 65 was already eclipsed by more modern and capable Fire Stations appearing in many Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Because the former property was too small to support a new or revamped Fire Station, Proposition F of November 2000 has now provided the community of Watts with a new Fire Station 65 not far from its former location.

To learn more about new Fire Station 65 and the many facilities to be built or remodeled by Proposition F, please visit:

The men and women of the LAFD look forward to seeing you and your family on Saturday, September 30 in Watts!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Anonymous said...

Do you have pictures of the new station??
It will be nice to the community to view where our guys are working.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Anonymous:

Please know that we did put out a (routine) request for photos through our Chain of Command, and anticipate they will arrive in our office later this week.

As soon as we have some to share, we'll post them to our popular on-line Flickr gallery, much in the way we did the images from the recent Grand Opening of Fire Station 5 in Westchester.

In fact, if you (or anyone you know) happens to have pictures, please feel free to add them to the publicly accessible Los Angeles Fire Department photo pool for everyone's enjoyment.

Please keep an eye on the blog for more information about Fire Station 65 and the many new facilities soon to debut as a result of Proposition F.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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