The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Jan Perry and Fire Chief William Bamattre at the groundbreaking ceremony for new City of Los Angeles Fire Station 21 in South Los Angeles.
Monday, April 3, 2006
Groundbreaking Site for New Fire Station 21
1192 East 51st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
We are pleased to offer an interactive map and driving directions to the groundbreaking site.
All members of the community are warmly welcomed to join us for this traditional public event.
Fire Station 21 serves a 2.07 square-mile area that was largely rural when the current station seen below, built in 1941, replaced a facility destroyed in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
The now sixty-five year old building at 1187 East 52nd Street is cramped and highly inefficient and has proven deficient in meeting today's seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodation issues.
The area has changed greatly to become a highly populated district that includes industrial areas as well as the busy Metro Blue Line & Alameda Rail Corridor to the Port of Los Angeles.
The current station, constructed prior to World War II, houses an Engine Company and a Rescue Ambulance staffed by 4 Firefighters and 2 Paramedics. The 4,305 square-feet building has become clearly overcrowded and the structure's main systems are demonstrably antiquated.
New Fire Station 21 will be built just north of the current station. A highly efficient and appealing long-term asset for all members of the community, the new facility includes the purchase of approximately 2 acres with the construction of a new 15,150 square-foot Regional Station that feature a drivethrough heavy apparatus bay to facilitate the entry and exit of the emergency vehicles, a 5,250 square-foot apparatus storage building, and a 2,500 square-foot multi-purpose room.
The new facilities are designed to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which recognizes high performance sustainable buildings.
The project also includes the conversion of the old fire station into a multipurpose building. Construction of new Fire Station 21 will be handled by the R.J. Daum Construction Company and is expected to be completed in late 2007.
We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 21 and the many Fire Department facilities being modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.
We look forward to seeing you in South Los Angeles for this groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, April 3!
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department