Groundbreaking For New Fire Station in Studio City

Friday, October 20, 2006 |

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.

Station 78 crew in 1947, four years after the facility opened. Click this image for more information...

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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redcup56 said...


Congratulations to 78's for finally getting a real home (in a couple of years). You mentioned the ability to house a lot of additional equipment. Is this equipment already housed somewhere else, or would it be new? And, would the Batallion Chief Officer Command Team be new as well, or a relocation of an existing Batallion Chief?

Wish I could be there on Monday.

Be safe,

Portland, OR

Harrelson Family said...

Our family lives nearby, and had no idea about this. Thank you for opening our eyes to the amazing work of the firemen in Valley Village.

Anonymous said...

We are ENLIGHTED that OUR firefighters, as well as the neighborhood, FINALLY has the station they DESERVE. We look forward to coming by to visit your new house.

Bryson Family of Valley Village

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark, Harrelson's & Bryson's:

Thanks for your kind sentiments and words of encouragement. Though you may or may not be able to attend the groundbreaking, we hope that you will set aside time in early 2008 to join us at the Grand Opening ceremonies at new Fire Station 78 - or any of the many new stat-of-the-art facilities being built thanks to the widespread public support of Proposition F.

Along with this blog and its many subscription options on the right column under "News Tools", we welcome you to subscribe to our LAFD E-Newsletter system, at:

Again, thanks for the kind words and well wishes.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Dan Gage said...

I'm glad to hear that our firefighters are finally getting the facility they deserve. As the on-site supervisor for GSD/Constuction Forces, who was responsible for the construction of the temp facility,it was my pleasure to work with the fine people of the LAFD. Although I must admit it hasn't seemed like 10 years, our firefighters are past due for a new house.
Good luck to all involved and stay safe.

Daniel P. Gage
Carpenter Supervisor
City of Los Angeles
GSD/Construction Forces

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Gage:

Please pardon the tardy reply.

Thanks for your kind wishes, and also for your remarkable efforts at building temporary Fire Station 78.

Yes, the time has flown.

Thanks to the quality work of your crew, the facility has held up well for the members of that station to complete more than 4,000 twenty-four hour tours of duty.

Alas, your decade-proven craftsmaship of the temporary structures cannot for long make up for the tiny parcel and shifting demographics and workload of the district, and we (along with residents of Studio City and Valley Village), look forward to the many decades of service from the new full-featured facilty.

We certainly hope that you and your crew members will join us at the Grand Opening ceremonies envisioned for early to mid-2008.

Please keep an eye on our blog, or join our e-mail list for official notification of the festive event.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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