Needles, CA: Groundbreaking ceremony for new Fire Station 32.

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Needles, CA: Groundbreaking ceremony for new Fire Station 32.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, join San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Station #32 being held at 11:00am PT on Monday, November 9th, 2015 in a dirt lot located at 1113 East Broadway (State Route 95) just south of the Needles Riverview Cemetery and Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

San Bernardino County Fire Department New Fire Station 32 Map

Construction on the long-anticipated Fire Station in Needles will begin on November 12, 2015 and is expected to be completed by November 2016. The budget for the project is $3.6 million with funding from a Community Development Block Grant and the County’s Discretionary General Fund.

The current fire station, built in 1953, is no longer adequate or large enough to support the needs of County Fire. Construction of a modern facility with room for expansion of current and future services is needed to effectively and efficiently serve the community and surrounding area. In 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved STK Architecture, Inc. to design Fire Station 22 in Spring Valley Lake, and to use the design as a template for future fire stations, providing a substantial savings to taxpayers.  Fire Station 32 will be built utilizing this design template.

San Bernardino County Fire serves the City of Needles, the unincorporated region of the County, including Park Moabi, the Colorado River recreation area and the Interstate 40 and Highway 95 corridors. There are 1,100 annual calls for service for this region.

The new 6,300 square foot station includes an apparatus bay for housing two engines; sleep rooms; restrooms; an exercise room; lobby; kitchen and dining areas. There is also an additional 600 square foot equipment storage building to be constructed adjacent to the main facility. The construction meets the current state title 24 energy standards, and the rock scape provides for California’s drought concerns with no need for irrigation.

The event will feature guest speakers, refreshments, and a groundbreaking with shovels and helmets.

The community is welcome to this groundbreaking ceremony.

** ZachNews will have pictures and video from the groundbreaking ceremony and will post them all afterwards on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube. **

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