The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Wendy Greuel, City Engineer Gary Moore, Board of Public Works Commissioner Yolanda Fuentes, Fire Commission Vice-President Jill Furillo and Fire Chief William Bamattre at the groundbreaking ceremony for new City of Los Angeles Fire Station 78 in Studio City.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Groundbreaking Site for New Fire Station 78
4041 Whitsett Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
We are pleased to offer an interactive map and personalized driving directions to the groundbreaking site.
Former Fire Station 78 was constructed in 1943 at a total cost of $34,960 ($31,627 building and $3,333 property) and was approximately 4,342 square feet. The Northridge Earthquake of 1994 destroyed the 51 year-old World War II era facility.
With assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a modular apparatus shed and trailer-like building were placed on the site at a cost of $400,000. This temporary facility has served the community for more than ten years awaiting the construction of permanent Fire Station.
Today, temporary Fire Station 78 houses a Paramedic Engine Company and a Paramedic Rescue Ambulance that are staffed around-the-clock by 6 LAFD members who handle approximately 13 emergency incidents everyday.
Fire Station 78 covers a geographically and culturally diverse four square-mile area of Studio City and Valley Village that includes a busy retail and office corridor, a major highway, large areas of multi-family housing, and steep hillsides with winding roads that lead to homes built among the flammable brush of the Santa Monica Mountains.
New Fire Station 78 is one of 19 replacement fire stations funded by the voter approved November 2000 Proposition F.
The new Fire Station will sit on one acre of land and consist of a modern, welcoming and energy efficient 15,250 square foot Station House.
New Fire Station 78 is a categorized as a 'Standard Fire Station' and unlike the current temporary facility, will have the capability of housing one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, two Engine Companies, two Basic or Advanced Life Support Ambulances and one Aerial Ladder Truck Company as well as other specialized Fire Department equipment.
In addition, this new facility can provide for apparatus and personnel pre-deployment during high-hazard conditions, serve as a routine training facility, as well as support large-scale incident staging and command post operations.
New Fire Station 78, a $7.98 million facility constructed on $5 million in property is scheduled to open in March of 2008 to serve the areas of Studio City and Valley Village for decades to come.
We look forward to seeing you in Studio City for this groundbreaking ceremony on Monday morning, October 23!
(event photos) (slideshow)
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
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