Grand Opening of New LAFD Station 21 in South Los Angeles

Sunday, April 15, 2012 |

Architect's Rendering of New LAFD Fire Station 21

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief Brian Cummings, at the formal dedication and public grand opening of new LAFD Station 21:

Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Fire Station 21
1192 East 51st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

We are pleased to offer an interactive map that offers driving, transit, cycling and walking directions to this new facility, now actively serving the South Los Angeles area.

Following the dedication ceremony, there will be food and entertainment - including Wilshire the Fire Dog - a helicopter flyover, static displays of fire and rescue equipment, and a chance to tour one of Southern California's newest Fire Stations. All members of the community are welcome at this family-themed public event.

A brief history of Fire Station 21...

Fire Station 21 serves a 2.07 square-mile area that was largely rural and transforming to suburbs when the previous station - built in 1941, replaced a facility destroyed in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.

In around-the-clock service for nearly seven decades, the former building at 1187 East 52nd Street became cramped, inefficient and in conflict with modern seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodation issues.

Former LAFD Station 21 in August 1942, nearly a year after opening
LAFD Engine Company 21 in August, 1942
The area served by Fire Station 21 has advanced greatly over the years to become a diverse and populous district that includes residential and industrial areas as well as the busy Metro Blue Line & Alameda Rail Corridor to the Port of Los Angeles.

The new Fire Station was built just north of and adjacent to the former station. An efficient and appealing long-term asset for the community, the new 15,150 square-foot Regional Station is on a nearly 2 acre parcel, and features a drive-through heavy apparatus bay to facilitate the entry and exit of emergency vehicles, a 5,250 square-foot apparatus storage building, and a 2,500 square-foot multi-use community room.

In order to best serve the neighborhood, the project included the conversion of the adjacent old fire station into a multipurpose building much anticipated by local residents.

New Fire Station 21 was built by the R.J. Daum Construction Company and was completed in late 2007. It was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which recognizes high performance sustainable buildings.

We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 21 and the many Fire Department facilities modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, April 21 in South Los Angeles for the Grand Opening ceremony of LAFD Fire Station 21!

[ event photos ] [ slideshow ]

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

hasnt this station been open for like 4 years

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 6:10,

You are astute - and as mentioned above, construction of this new Fire Station was completed in late 2007. Conclusion and acceptance of the overall project and subsystems however, did not allow the crew to fully move "across the yard" into the new Fire Station until 2008.

New Fire Station 21 has now been actively serving the South Los Angeles area for nearly four years. Fiscal austerity however, precluded our having even a modest public dedication and grand opening until now.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Gray,

We appreciate you taking the time to share personal thoughts about the Los Angeles Fire Department. Given that your recent comments included personal medical infomation, we felt it best to refrain from publishing them, and instead refer you to the LAFD Professional Standards Division. You can also reach them by calling (213)473-7714.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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