Grand Opening of New Fire Station 43 in Palms

Sunday, August 10, 2008 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief Douglas Barry, at the public dedication and grand opening of the LAFD's newest Neighborhood Fire Station.

Saturday, August 16, 2008
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Fire Station 43
3690 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034

We are pleased to offer an interactive map with driving directions to this new facility, which is now in service protecting the Palms neighborhood and nearby westside communities.

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

A Brief History of Fire Station 43...

Housing an Engine Company and Paramedic Rescue Ambulance, and protecting a 4.3 square-mile district centered in Palms, new Fire Station 43 replaces a cramped and inefficient facility on National Boulevard that opened in 1942.

LAFD Station 43 from 1942-2007.

Former Fire Station 43 was designed prior to World War II, and built at the height of the battle to house no more than four male firefighters and two limited-role (now antique) fire apparatus to serve a residential neighborhood.

Constructed for $35,000 on a 100' x 103' lot, the sixty-six year old former facility was deemed deficient in meeting modern seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodation issues.

In fact, when built, the first crew assigned to the former station (some of whom joined the LAFD in 1922) boasted of working in one of the few Fire Stations heated by the modern marvel of "air forced across hot water pipes from a 200 gallon storage tank".

Station 43 crew in 1942 just after the former facility opened. Click this image for more information...

LAFD operational and societal advances over nearly seven decades made that 4,885 square-foot station and only slightly larger parcel of land inadequate for providing timely and effective response to a community that now includes sizeable commercial and industrial properties as well as large multi-story apartments and filming industries.

A New Fire Station for Palms...

The new energy-efficient 15,250 square foot Fire Station 43 is built on a one acre site, and is designed to address modern response needs while bringing efficiency to LAFD's workforce - and therefore convenience and enhanced service to a vibrant neighborhood we've long been proud to be a part of.

View Larger Map (you can also click, grab and zoom the map above!)

Los Angeles Firefighters know that neighborhood safety demands community interaction. The ability of Fire Station 43 to now host community functions and training events in the new station's community room will allow Neighborhood Firefighters an even closer and more productive relationship with those they proudly serve.

The energy efficient 6-bay facility also features an important "drive through" feature that prevents the need to block traffic on busy Motor Avenue when rehousing Fire Department vehicles.

We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 43 and the many Fire Department facilities being modernized through Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.

We look forward to seeing you in Palms on Saturday, August 16, 2008. Please don't forget your camera!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Larry Shulman said...

Hi Brian: you may not be aware of one of the more interesting facts about "old" fire station 43. It was personnally designed by then Chief Engineer John Alderson.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for the note. I was indeed unaware of Chief Engineer (a title we used to use for the top-level commanding officer of the department) Alderson had played a significant role in the design of the facility. Any information or source documentation you can provide would be warmly welcomed by our friends at the LAFD Historical Society. Thanks for your long-term support of the LAFD mission, and for taking time to comment on our blog.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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