Grand Opening of New Fire Station 62 in Mar Vista

Sunday, December 30, 2007 |

Artists Concept of new LAFD Station 62 The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome you to join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Fire Commissioners, Fire Chief Douglas Barry, City Engineer Gary Lee Moore and civic and community leaders at the public dedication and grand opening of LAFD's newest Neighborhood Fire Station in Mar Vista.

Saturday, January 5, 2008
10:00 AM (Rain or Shine)
Grand Opening of New Fire Station 62
11970 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066


Following Saturday's brief dedication ceremony, there will be food and fun as well as a chance to tour Southern California's newest Fire Station. All members of the community are welcome at this family-themed public event.

We are pleased to offer an interactive map with driving directions to the new facility, which is now in service protecting Mar Vista, Venice and the adjacent neighborhoods of west Los Angeles.

Please let us share a brief history of former Fire Station 62...

Former LAFD Station 62 built in 1950

Built in the days preceding the Korean War to serve a then lightly populated and primarily residential six-square-mile district of ocean view homes, former Fire Station 62 was designed to house a small cadre of male firefighters and one limited-role fire apparatus.

The demands of emergency service and operational advances at the LAFD in the past half-century, made that 4,190 square-foot station and only slightly larger parcel of land inadequate for providing timely and effective response to the community's needs.

Former Fire Station 62 not only grew cramped and inefficient during its fifty-seven years of service, but also proved deficient in meeting seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodation issues.

In stark contrast, new Fire Station 62 is a capable and appealing long-term asset for all who live in, work and visit Mar Vista, Venice and west Los Angeles.

The new energy-efficient 16,130 square foot facility was designed with strong community input and built with to support multi-role emergency response needs for many years to come; all while enhancing the effectiveness of a diverse and omnipotent workforce.

We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 62 and the Fire Department facilities being modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.

Rain or Shine, the men and women of the LAFD look forward to seeing you and your family on Saturday, January 5, 2008 in Mar Vista. Please don't forget your camera!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

6 comments:

m.kahn said...

Hi Brian,

If I could ask, what apparatus was assigned to the old station and what will be assigned to the new station?

Stay safe!

Mark
Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark,

Thanks for the note - and for allowing me to slightly digress in my answer.

The new LAFD Station 62 houses one Engine Company and one Paramedic Rescue Ambulance, similar to what was 'wedged' into the nearly six-decade old station it recently replaced.

Thankfully, the new station allows for the efficient expansion or reconfiguration of resources as necessary in the years to come.

As for specific 'apparatus' assigned to a Fire Station at any given moment...

Please know that I *personally* pledged my boss I would cease apparatus (assignment) oriented posts and discontinue such emails, as the huge daily volume of such requests (most often from afar) had became a tremendous time-sink in years past, eating up precious hours better spent on essential constituent and stakeholder services.

Because of that - and the highly fluid nature of our apparatus assignments, I find it best to refer those with a genuine interest in 'what apparatus is assigned where right now', to contact the Fire Station(s) directly.

In this case, they can get timely and accurate information by calling (213) 485-5971 and asking the City 3-1-1 Ambassador to connect them with Fire Station 62.

They can also write to:

Los Angeles Fire Department
Fire Station 62
11970 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066-3941

Mark, thank you for allowing me to use your personal question as a springboard to answer the many others who likely harbor such interests.

Please let us know when your travels might bring you to Los Angeles, as there is always room at our firehouse kitchen table, and a warm cup of coffee with your name on it.

Best wishes in the New Year!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

a d a m said...

The artist drawing looks amazing. Very nice "upgrade" from the old station. Does the LAFD plan to rebuild an other stations?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Adam,

Thanks for the note. Members of the LAFD -and- those they proudly serve are blessed to have *exceptionally* talented people working on these Fire Station projects... and that includes the artist whose conceptual rendering graces the top of this post.

Residents of Los Angeles understand that efficient and capable Fire Stations are a genuine community asset, and as such overwhelmingly approved Proposition F of November 2000.

We have been pleased to have active community participation in the development of the 19 replacement Fire Stations and Air Operations facility made possible by Prop F, as well as the two 'non-Prop F' funded facilities that have recently opened in Los Angeles.

To learn more, we encourage you to visit and bookmark:

lafd.org/propf.htm

We look forward to seeing you in Mar Vista this Saturday!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anzel said...

I am interested in renting the old fire station #62 and starting a non-profit boys & girls club focusing Music, Industrial Ed., business management... etc.. who would I speak too ??

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anzel,

The 'Asset Management Division' of the City's Department of General Services is in control of that property, and will be involved with its future use or sale. You can learn more by visiting their website at:

http://gsd.lacity.org/asset/asset.htm

Please accept our best wishes for success at your endeavor.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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