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.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
New Fire Station 78
4041 Whitsett Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
We are pleased to offer an interactive map with driving directions, and encourage you to consider public transit when visiting this new facility, which is now in service protecting Studio City, Valley Village, Coldwater Canyon, Sherman Oaks and neighboring communities.
Following the dedication ceremony, there will be refreshments and a chance to tour Southern California's newest Fire Station. All members of the community are welcomed to this safety focused family event.
The History of Fire Station 78...
Serving the southeast San Fernando Valley, new Fire Station 78 replaces a cramped and inefficient temporary building on the site of a former neighborhood fire station built during World War II adjacent to the Hollywood Trout Farms, which would later become the popular Sportsmen's Lodge.
The five decade old Fire Station was irreparably damaged and deemed untenable following 15 seconds of violent earth movement during the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency assisted the LAFD in the $400,000 cost of procuring a modular apparatus shed and trailer-like 'crew quarters', as well as preparing the compact plot of land to support temporary Fire Station 78 - which saw nearly 15 years of service before being decommissioned this past September.
Fire Station 78 covers a geographically and culturally diverse 4.9 square-mile area that includes an active retail, entertainment and office corridor, film and television studios, a major highway, a popular flight path for commercial airliners, large areas of multi-family housing, the Los Angeles River 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 sits on one acre of Whitsett Avenue land adjacent to the Studio City Golf Course. The modern, welcoming and energy efficient 15,250 square foot facility can now provide the region with apparatus and personnel pre-deployment during high-hazard conditions, offer routine firefighter and community training and support large-scale incident staging and command post operations.
New Fire Station 78 is a genuine community asset that will serve the life safety needs of the San Fernando Valley for decades to come.
We look forward to seeing you and your family in Studio City for the public grand opening ceremony on Sunday afternoon, January 18!
Please don't forget your camera!
Groundbreaking [October 23, 2006]: (photos)
Grand Opening [January 18, 2009]: (photos) (photos) (photos)
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department