|News Release||City of Long Beach Public Information Office|
333 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #CM: 092013|
|Subject :||Public Invited to Grand Opening of New Fire Station 12|
|Contact :||Will Nash, Firefighter / Public Information Officer 562.570.2516|
|On Tuesday, September 24th at 10:30, Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Steven Neal, Long Beach Development Services, and the Long Beach Fire Department will host the Grand Opening and Dedication of newly constructed Fire Station 12. The public is invited to the free ceremony.|
"The opening of Fire Station 12 demonstrates the City's commitment to improving public safety for Long Beach residents and businesses," Mayor Bob Foster said. “This new state-of-the-art facility also showcases our commitment to find a way to overcome challenging economical times and continue to improve our communities – creating a more healthier, stable environment where families can thrive.”
Funded by the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), new Fire Station 12 and the Emergency Resource Center is located at 1199 E. Artesia Blvd., on a 1.2 acre site covering the entire northwest corner of Artesia Boulevard and Orange Avenue.
“I am proud to unveil our new Fire Station 12; the first new residential fire station in Long Beach in decades,” said Councilmember Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District. “In addition to servicing the North Long Beach area in cases of emergencies, this cornerstone facility will also serve residents as a new venue to hold community meetings. This is but one of many exciting projects to move forward as part of the 'Uptown Renaissance.’ Investments like this bring vitality to the neighborhood, synergy to the Artesia corridor, and renewed civic pride in our community.”
The 11,296 square-foot Fire Station has gender-neutral dorms and a 100-foot-tall communication tower that will greatly enhance radio coverage throughout the city. The Station has been built on a highly visible major traffic corridor; which provides noise and traffic-safety benefits. The current Station 12 is much smaller, and is located in a nearby residential neighborhood at 6509 Gundry Ave. The building was built in 1929, and converted into a fire station nine years later.
"Since 1938, the Long Beach Fire Department has provided excellent service to the residents, businesses and visitors of North Long Beach,” Fire Chief Michael DuRee said. “With the completion of new Fire Station 12, our ability to respond to the needs of the community will be greatly enhanced. Not only does this new facility provide a much better working environment for the Firefighters that will call it home, but it does so in a very economical and efficient way. This new facility will greatly enhance our ability to respond, at a moments notice, to incidents throughout the City and provide a number of enhancements that the community will benefit from."
The project will receive a minimum of a Gold rating from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as it was built with several green technology elements, including:
- Rain water retention system
- Designated parking for Low Emissions Vehicles
- 90 percent of the fire station has natural light and operable windows
- Materials used in the buildings were regionally sourced and from recycled products
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products promote healthy air
- High efficiency mechanical systems lower energy usage
- Water saving plumbing fixtures include dual flush toilet fixtures
- 15 percent of the project’s energy usage is fueled by solar power
- The landscape design uses native vegetation with water-saving irrigation systems
- 90 percent of construction debris was diverted from landfills and recycled
In addition, the facility will also serve as home to a 5,294 square-foot Emergency Resource Center (ERC) that will serve as an important supply and distribution facility in North Long Beach. With the ERC in place, Station 12 will allow the City to create a regional disaster supply depot with enough materials to handle the northern half of the City in case of a major disaster.
The project cost for Station 12 was $10,033,000.
Street parking for the ceremony will be reserved along Cerritos and Orange avenues, north of Artesia Boulevard and south of E. 67th St. “Event Parking” signs will be posted.
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