The Victorville (CA) Fire Department recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Station 315 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The department officially opened Station 315—which is staffed with six firefighter/paramedics—on July 3.
City officials note that Station 315 was first envisioned more than 13 years ago by fire officials. Construction began in 2008 and was completed in 2009, right when the recession hit. Financial issues forced the city to defer its station plans until now—thanks to revenue generated by Measure P, the one-cent sales tax approved by Victorville voters in November. Measure P is expected to generate an estimated $18.94 million this fiscal year.
Victorville will also use Measure P revenue to purchase two Type One fire engines to augment the department’s response; one engine will be assigned to Station 315, and the other will replace aging apparatus in the department’s fleet.
“We are quite excited to begin fulfilling our promise to invest Measure P revenue to increase essential services and build a stronger Victorville,” said Victorville Mayor Debra Jones in a press release. “Today, it’s Fire Station 315. Soon, it will be the expansion of our police, code enforcement, animal care and control, and library services that are sure to have a lasting, positive impact on our city.”