Grand Opening of Fire Station 78 in Studio City

Sunday, January 04, 2009 |

Artists Concept of LAFD Station 78
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.

Station 78 crew in 1947, four years after the facility opened. Click this image for more information...

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


Anonymous said...

Fire station 78 was also home to the first LAFD Explorer post. The post advisor was Captain Donald K Pierson. After several years at 78's the post moved to 39's.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous, 4:00,

Thanks for the note. Captain Pierson was a legacy on our Department, including his years of distinguished service at Fire Station 78.

A cursory search of LAFD archives however, records the first LAFD Fire Service Explorer Post (#651), under the direction of Fire Station 65's Captain Cecil McLinn, to have made a formal debut on June 3, 1967 at El Camino Junior College during a regional Scout-A-Rama.

If you have information that disputes that archival research, please contact our office so that we can make the appropriate corrections.

Indeed, Fire Station 78 and the personnel assigned there hold many distinguished records and achievements - not merely for our Department, but for the Fire Service as a whole. I truly wish there were adequate time and space for me to chronicle all of them here.

You can learn more about Fire Station 78 by visiting the LAFD Museum. For more information:

Again, thanks for the mention of Captain Pierson. Without such devoted personnel, Fire Station 78would merely be a structure without history.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Samantha C. Hitt said...

Captian Pierson was a great man...I would know best being the eldest grandchild of the late capt. Donald K Pierson. He used to tell me his stories of all the good times and bad times he had. He is missed by all of his family and I hope I can carry out any and all legacies he has. if anyone has a good story about him please let me know.

thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

These guys think that Studio City is Ground Zero blaring their sirens and blasting their horns at all hours of the day and night. Goodbye quiet little neighborhood. Hey Fire Guys, get a clue, people hate you.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 10:01,

Thanks for taking the time to visit the LAFD Blog and share your opinion.

While they don't make the 'Top 30' roster of your busiest Neighborhood Fire Stations in Los Angeles, the crew at Fire Station 78 has been proud to serve and protect you and your neighbors since 1943.

Though most within the community consider our presence to be an asset, we understand there can be diverse opinions and sometimes misunderstandings (among firefighters -and- those they serve) as to the practicality and appropriateness of each of our many actions.

If there are two thing for certain though, I can confidently say...

1) The judicious use of sirens and horns is most often a legal and safety mandate rather than a choice.

2) While some people probably do dislike us (and they are most welcome to share their opinion), it is regretful hyperbole to infer a homogeneous position of Fire Department hatred exists among those we proudly serve.

That much offered, I warmly welcome you to work with us to resolve or lessen your concerns by contacting the Battalion Chief who oversees the seven Fire Stations in a 33 square-mile area that includes Studio City.

You can reach the Battalion 14 Office directly by calling (818) 756-8614. Stay anonymous if you please, but do make the call.

I would like to welcome you as my guest for lunch at Fire Station 78, so that we may begin the dialogue necessary for us to be more sensitive to your needs.

...and while you're there, allow us to give you an opportunity to ride in the cab of the fire apparatus, ambulance and EMS Captain's sedan as they make their way through the often perilous streets of a Studio City, Valley Village, Coldwater Canyon, Sherman Oaks.

Again, thanks taking the time to write.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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