New Fire Station Opens in Long Beach (CA)

The first new fire station to be constructed in decades opened for its first day and the state-of-the-art facility is already a North Long Beach triumph.

Built on an acre of land owned by the Long Beach Redevlopment Agency, Fire Station 12 on the corner of Artesia Blvd. and Orange Ave. almost didn’t happen. The project has been ongoing through three 9th District councilmembers, it pushed through the dissolution of the RDA and even overcame a contractor dispute that cost the city an additional $1.5 million.

But its completion marks a new chapter for public safety and service in the north, as it replaces the outdated previous Station 12, a Spanish-style structure on Gundry Ave. built in 1929. Designed to house eight Long Beach Fire Department personnel per shift, the new 10,000 square-foot station not only upgrades living and work quarters for the firefighters, but it also includes a 5,200 square-foot disaster services building and a 100-foot tall communications tower that will enhance dispatch capabilties.

According to LBFD officials, the station has three vehicles–a fire engine, a rescue engine and a paramedic van–and its location along a main street will also decrease response times.

Construction began on Station 12 in late 2009 using redevlopment funds and was originally slated for completion in November 2011. When that date came and went, the City filed for damages against the general contractor and broke its contract with them in late 2012. By then, however, the state had voted to dissolve all of the RDAs, putting many in-progres projects, like Station 12, in limbo.

The new Station 12, which is LEED certified, is the most technologically advanced fire station on the west coast, according to DuRee who spoke at the grand opening Tuesday morning.

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