Groundbreaking For New Fire Station in Sylmar

Monday, October 30, 2006 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief William Bamattre at the groundbreaking ceremony for new City of Los Angeles Fire Station 31 in Sylmar.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
10:00AM
Groundbreaking Site for New Fire Station 31
16320 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, California 91342


We are pleased to offer an interactive map and personalized driving directions to the groundbreaking site.

Fire Station 31 will be an entirely new three-bay facility designed to address the burgeoning call volume in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

New Fire Station 31 will be a three-bay facility covering an operationally challenging and once seemingly remote region of north Sylmar just south of the Newhall Pass that has never had a local Fire Station. Since 1956, the area has been served by busy Fire Station 91, more than three miles distant. New Fire Station 31 is scheduled for completion in March 2008.

Much has changed in the last half-century, including recent and planned development of the region, which now includes a pair of major highways, a busy commuter and freight rail corridor, expansive housing and popular recreation sites, as well as steep foothills and canyons covered with flammable brush. Such changes mandate the timely presence of Neighborhood Firefighters and Paramedics made possible by the new facility.

We look forward to seeing you in Sylmar for this monumental groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning, November 1, 2006!

(event photos) (slideshow)


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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8 comments:

redcup56 said...

Brian,

Where was former Station 31 located? www.lafd.org/fs31.htm indicates that the station was closed in 1971. Was this due to the Sylmar Earthquake in 1971?

Stay safe!

Mark
Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark:

Thanks for the note.

New Fire Station 31 is not a 'replacement' station in the sense of other facilities being built as a result of November 2000's Proposition F.

The station number however, is being 'recycled'.

It was last used on a facility at 700 West Slauson Avenue (just west of the Harbor Freeway in South Los Angeles) that was closed in 1971 after 42 years of service, when it was determined to be physically unfit and no longer needed following the relocation of adjacent Fire Stations.

The Sylmar Earthquake of 1971 in the distant San Fernando Valley did not play a role in the closure of former Fire Station 31.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Is there a 2010 update on the construction of this fire station? It doesn't yet seem to have materialized.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 10:49,

Thanks for the note. Please know this proposed new facility was not among those to be built from Proposition F assets.

Due to factors beyond the LAFD's control, alternate funds have allowed only for acquiring property and making minor site alterations - but not physical construction of a Fire Station, obtaining equipment or hiring the personnel necessary to staff the proposed facility.

Though the early projections of funding - and therefore construction, have not been met, we know that this burgeoning corner of the San Fernando Valley will someday require such a facility.

As such, we're pleased to say that unless plans change, we're significantly prepared - if not yet able, to bring new Fire Station 31 to life when conditions allow.

Again, thanks for your question. When there is any news to offer, we will certainly seek to share it here on the LAFD News & Information blog.

Respectfully Yours in Service and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Hello, the site address for Station 31 in Sylmar is currently occupied by LA County Vector Control. I realize that construction of this Station has likely been stalled due to funding challenges, but there is some confusion in the Sylmar community as to whether or not the Station was actually constructed. Did any construction happen after the ground-breaking in 2006? Thank you for your service!

LAFD said...

Anonymous 9:53,

Thanks for the note. A cursory review of our personal (not project management staff's) rough notes from nearly 8 years ago indicates that precious little beyond soil grading was done under Fire Department purview at the site before it became clear LAFD could not move forward on the project.

There was never a Fire Station operational or LAFD crews deployed from the site.

We'll continue to look into the matter to see if a more precise description is available to outline the small amount of work that was done on the site circa 2006.

We hope this helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Regarding the proposed Station 31 in Sylmar:

To clarify, the land is still being held for LAFD should the funding ever be available for a new station (31), correct?

Sylmar desperately needs additional firefighters, equipment and a 2nd station to keep up with the demands of this community.

Thank you

LAFD said...

Anonymous 10:44,

Thanks for the note. Much has changed in 8 years, and the current ownership and conditional use permits of that parcel could not be independently determined by our staff this weekend.

Our friends at the City of Los Angeles, Department of General Services Real Estate Division handle such matters on a full-time basis for all City Departments, and can confirm if the City is still the sole owner, and if any specific agency, purpose or plans are presently associated with the site.

While we concur that additional LAFD facilities are desirable for many neighborhoods, the construction, staffing and operation of a new Fire Station is not something that the Fire Department decides unilaterally.

Given that our discussion regards an eight years old decision - under a different Mayor, City Council, Fire Commission and Fire Chief, not to mention a City and LAFD (as well as real estate and construction costs) that are ever-changing, it seems likely that the full process for evaluating, funding and selecting a new Fire Station site would take place before a new station is constructed. That is not to say that the much anticipated "Station 31" site you've mentioned would be disregarded, but that the decision making process by City elected and appointed leaders would take into account the dynamics of the community and our agency at that time.

Along with the City's Department of General Services Real Estate Division, we encourage you to contact your City Council member, as our agencies are subordinate to them, and their decisions related to new municipal facilities.

We hope this helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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