Needles, CA: Breaking ground on the new Fire Station 32.

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Needles, CA: Breaking ground on the new Fire Station 32.

Community members and dignitaries attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Station 32 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.

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– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Groundbreaking Ceremony: New Fire Station 32.

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The ceremony kicked off with a welcome from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Division Chief Jon Chamberlin and an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance led by the Rev. Canon Janet Hurley, Vicar of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Needles, California.

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According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the new 6,300 square feet San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Station 32 will help firefighters continue to proudly serve the City of Needles, the unincorporated region of the county, including Park Moabi, the Colorado River recreation area, and the Interstate 40 and State Route 95 (Highway 95) corridors.

The new fire station will include an apparatus bay for housing two engines, sleep rooms, restrooms, an exercise room, lobby, kitchen and dining areas. There will also be a 600 square feet equipment storage building constructed adjacent to the main station. 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.

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“The community deserves to have a state-of-the-art station to serve their needs,” said San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood. “Our Countywide Vision seeks to improve public safety and promote wellness for our residents and visitors at every corner of the county.”

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“The City of Needles and San Bernardino County Fire Department remain committed to providing sustainable fire, rescue and emergency medical services to its citizens and visitors,” stated San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Chief Mark Hartwig. “The new fire station allows room for future growth of fire protection services to the Needles area. We are honored and proud to serve Needles and its surrounding area.”

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At the end of the groundbreaking ceremony, San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood, Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the developer, the contractor, and Ed Horst with the Needles Chamber of Commerce all grabbed a shovel and broke the ground on the new San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Station 32.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke to both San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Chief Mark Hartwig and San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood about the new San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Station 32 and about fire department services in the community.

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– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Interview: Groundbreaking Ceremony: New Fire Station 32.

– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Interview 2: Groundbreaking Ceremony: New Fire Station 32.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the project budget is $3.6 million with funding from a Community Development Block Grant and the County’s discretionary general fund. Construction begins Nov. 12 and the anticipated completion date is in November 2016.

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In 2012, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved STK Architecture Inc. to design a fire station in Spring Valley Lake and use the design template for future fire stations at a cost savings to taxpayers. The contractor on the Needles project is D. Webb Incorporated of Yucca Valley.

The current San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Station 31, built in 1953 at 633 Front Street in Downtown Needles, California, is no longer adequate or large enough to support the needs of San Bernardino County Fire Department.

About 1,100 calls for service occur in the Needles, California area annually. San Bernardino County Fire Department has supervised fire protection services for the City of Needles since 1977.

 

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