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Fire Station No. 1 at 1444 Seventh Street could close and be rebuilt a block away if a land swap goes to plan.
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Fire Station No. 1 at 1444 Seventh Street could close and be rebuilt a block away if a land swap goes to plan.

News, City Council, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Truck, Station For Santa Monica Fire Department Focus For City Council

Posted Dec. 13, 2013, 9:12 am

Parimal M. Rohit / Staff Writer

A new fire truck is already on the way. However, before 2013 comes to a close, the City Council still has one more decision to make concerning infrastructure for the Santa Monica Fire Department.

Council members approved Tuesday a consent calendar item allowing the City to purchase a “rescue utility vehicle” from Emergency Vehicle Group for $720,000.

The new fire truck would replace one designated for retirement by the SMFD.

According to City staff, a 1994 fire truck currently in operation is nearing the end of its useful life, becoming less reliable and more expensive to maintain.

All fire trucks are replaced as part of the Fire Vehicle Replacement Program.

The fire truck’s specifications call for an “exterior aluminum formed body type,” which is a durable design and is easier to repair. City staff added the truck should include housing for a high capacity, high-pressure air compressor.

Council members will be returning to chambers Dec. 17 for its final meeting of 2013 to discuss, among other items, design plans for a new Fire Station No. 1.

Renovation plans for Fire Station No. 1 has been in the works since city council approved a feasibility study in 2007. If completed, the new fire station would be at 1337 through 1345 Seventh Street.

Fire Station No. 1 is currently at 1444 Seventh Street. The structure there is about 58 years old and, according to City staff, does not meet current seismic standards for essential buildings. City staff added the current facility “cannot be upgraded to current codes without compromising current and future service demands.”

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Dec. 13, 2013, 9:38:54 am

Anne said...

Right now the Santa Monica city council is trying to figure how they can turn the fire stations into a mixed use development with luxury condos on top, a Starbucks and we need one more Chase bank branch. The councilors will be happy to take a campaign donation from any developer who can help turn our fire stations into 12 story buildings that have no personality, as it conforms to the city's model.

Dec. 14, 2013, 11:35:14 am

Rob said...

I think "short sighted" is the mantra of our city councilors and planners.

Dec. 13, 2013, 11:55:40 pm

Dr. Glen Tistaert said...

If moved, the Fire Station #1 would become a neighbor of ours. I do not see that as an issue. The Fire Station was built in the 1950's when Santa Monica had single family homes mainly. The station occupies two city lots. The lot they propose using is one lot wider or 3 lots -- it is not enough bigger given the increase in building size, the building heights, and he future growth of the City. It represents an inadequate and short sited move. I have photos of the buildings of Santa Monica after the 1994 earthquake. The Fire Station was one of the few structures that showed no exterior damage. What better destructive testing can you have than a real earthquake? #1 should be left as a Fire Station and a new structure should be built on a piece of the Santa Monica Civic Center/Auditorium site that Santa Monica owns.

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