Grand Opening of LAFD Fire Station 82 in Hollywood

Friday, June 01, 2012 |

Architect Rendering of New LAFD Fire Station 82 in Hollywood

The Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcomes you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief Brian Cummings, at the formal dedication and public grand opening of New LAFD Fire Station 82 in Hollywood:

Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Fire Station 82
5769 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

We're pleased to offer an interactive map that offers driving, transit, cycling and walking directions to this new facility, now actively serving Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills.

Following Saturday's dedication ceremony, there will be food and entertainment, static displays of fire and rescue equipment, as well as 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 Former Fire Station 82...

Established in the midst of World War II and housed in the distant, overcrowded quarters of LAFD's historic Fire Station 27 for its first 7 years, Engine Company 82 came to serve the rising population and industry in east Hollywood during the Truman presidency, as residents and City leaders scrambled to construct a neighborhood station for the crew at 1800 North Bronson Avenue.

Current LAFD Station 82 built in 1951
Former LAFD Station 82 (1951-2012)
Opened on March 2, 1951 adjacent to the "Cahuenga Parkway" that would become the well known Hollywood (US 101) Freeway in 1954, the 7,145 square-foot single-bay Fire Station soon became an integral part of a largely residential community that, like the LAFD, evolved greatly in the more than six decades to follow.

Those assigned to the the 61-year-old former Fire Station became notably hampered over time by electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems that limited efficient operations. Equally foreboding for workers and visitors alike were critical deficiencies in seismic safety, climate control, ADA compliance, gender equity features and visitor parking.

LAFD Station 82 crew circa 1964. Photo from Bob Foster collection courtesy of LAFIRE.COM - Click to learn more...
LAFD Station 82 crew circa 1964.
What will long be remembered about the old station however, will be the perplexed look of neighbors, as crews at the single-bay Fire Station scrambled to move vehicles when an emergency response called for only the Engine Company or the Paramedic Ambulance - merely to see the process reversed and repeated as the crews returned and were again dispatched to emergencies.

Because the property beneath former Station 82 was too small to fully support a new or revamped Fire Station, Proposition F of November 2000 has brought the community a new and unique facility.

Today's Fire Station 82...

The four Firefighters and two Firefighter/Paramedics working each day at New Fire Station 82, continue to serve a diverse and demanding district of nearly 2 square miles, featuring high density residential and commercial properties, a busy freeway and subway corridor, television studios, entertainment venues, tourist sites and a portion of massive Griffith Park containing the iconic "Hollywood" sign.

Were this not enough, the station crew also bears primary responsibility for protecting hundreds of homes constructed in rugged terrain surrounded by volatile vegetation.

A safe, appealing and energy efficient facility, New Fire Station 82 features underground parking, a "green" roof and three-story construction, making it unique among Los Angeles Fire Stations. In a cost and space-saving measure benefitting the community and Department, several regional components of New Fire Station 82 - such as a multipurpose room and areas designed for efficient maintenance and rapid deployment of reserve apparatus, are now being constructed in a nearly 6,000 square-foot, two-story annex under construction on the site of the former station on Bronson Avenue.

Concept of New LAFD Fire Station 82 Annex under construction.
With drive-through apparatus bays that will preclude a need to shuffle vehicles at the time of an alarm, and countless other features designed for efficiency in the digital age, New Fire Station 82 promises to meet neighborhood needs - and those of a modern LAFD workforce - for many decades to come.

We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 82 and the many Fire Department facilities modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.

..and most importantly, we look forward to seeing you this Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Hollywood for the Grand Opening of New LAFD Fire Station 82!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

5 comments:

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friend of the LAFD,

Why not join our family in making a day of it? Following the Grand Opening of Fire Station 82...

Join us at 4PM Saturday at Salesian High School in Boyle Heights (just 8 miles away) for the Annual "Battle for Los Angeles" Charity Football Game between LAFD & LAPD.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

That's a funny looking hose tower in the front corner of the new station.

Joy Elllison said...

THANKS TO CAPT. BOB FOSTER FOR THE PHOTO!
The Capt. featured in the 1964 photo is my father Jack Ellison. I was the proudest little girl in school to have a Daddy as The Fire Captain at 82's! Somewhere my sister and I have old home movies of the all the guys at the station. Joy Ellison and Joan Pierce

scrubjay said...

Too bad that the response time to the Hollywood Hills is going to be slower. This congested intersection next to a clogged freeway entrance was a bad place to build the reduced size facility. Hollywood was the only area of Los Angels that was cheated out of the regional 2-acre station promised by Measure F.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

@Anonymous 11:59,

The tall glass edifice at the front corner of new Fire Station 82 is not a tower for drying hose, but instead envelops the building's primary stairwell, allowing natural light to fill the building. We welcome you to stop by the station at your convenience - or visit the crew on our annual Fire Service Day Open House (held on the 2nd Saturday each May) to see for yourself.

@Joy Ellison,

How wonderful to hear from you! Thank you for helping us identify the crew seen in that photo, including your Father - of whom you are rightfully proud. We hope you were able to attend the Grand Opening, or like Anonymous 11:59 above, will join the crew at new Fire Station 82 at our next scheduled citywide open house.

As for those films, please hang onto those, as well as any photos or other memorabilia related to the LAFD. Our friends at the LAFD Historical Society may take a keen interest in any items you might wish to share.

@scrubjay,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Emergency and non-emergency response times depend on many factors, including the status and location of the responders and the site of the emergency.

To the best of our knowledge, the site selection process for new Fire Station 82 was the most protracted in our Department's history, and included unparalleled community outreach and feedback. Not all of the comments were supportive, especially in regard to the larger site(s) initially selected as being optimal to operational needs.

It is essential to note that the construction of a Fire Station in Los Angeles is not a process unilaterally undertaken by the Fire Department.

Following much involvement and decision making by elected and appointed leaders, the site at 5769 Hollywood Boulevard was ultimately designated. The same officials also approved the unique "annex" mentioned in the article above.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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