Nearly $5 million has been approved to build a new fire station in the western portion of the city in an effort to reduce response times.
The Fontana City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $4.8 million construction contract with PCN3, Inc. to build a fire station on the southeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Banana Avenue.
The new station will replace fire station 73, originally built in 1958, which sits about a mile away near Auto Club Speedway at Arrow Route at Almond Avenue.
“The move puts it (the station) in the city and it also builds improved response times,” said Fontana Fire Chief Jon McLinn, who clarified that the station would technically be on county property but within the city of Fontana’s sphere of influence.
The new fire station moves services closer to more residential communities such as the Village at Heritage in the northwest area of the city, an area that had been vacant land in previous years, not in need of many fire services.
A study by the Fire District of response times showed that relocating the station would “significantly improve response times” to nearby homes, a city report shows.
Fontana contracts with San Bernardino County for fire services.
An additional benefit of the new single-story, 8,931-square-foot station would be its increased ability to store more equipment, with three bays for fire trucks.
“The engine and the hazardous materials vehicles all are stationed out in a butler building … a separate building in the back of the property,” McLinn said of the current station, which increases response times for firefighters. “The newer property, it will have everything side by side in the three bays”
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