Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lakeside Fire Board Votes to Relocate Fire Station 1

Lakeside, Calif.

As the next step in a multi-year fire station realignment project, the Lakeside Fire Protection District board voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, to begin the long-awaited process of relocating Lakeside Fire Station 1 (Riverview).

The station realignment project, an integral part of the district's long-term strategic plan, is aimed at improving emergency response times and ensuring uniform coverage for the citizens in the 55-square-mile fire district. The first phase of the project, which began in 2010, saw the relocation of the district's Eucalyptus Hills Fire Station (fs2) approximately 1.5 miles to the south to its new location at 12216 Lakeside Avenue. The new River Park Fire Station houses a paramedic engine company, advanced life support (paramedic) ambulance, and the district's water tender. In addition to the fire station, the district administrative offices are located at the new site.

The second phase in the multi-year project included moving the Riverview Fire Station (fs1). In support of the district's strategic plan, the district board commissioned a detailed study by Citygate Associates in 2014. The comprehensive report strongly affirmed the need to relocate Lakeside's Riverview Fire Station toward the south end of the fire district.

After months of hard work, district staff identified several potential locations that would best serve the district's needs. While the exact location is not yet decided, it is generally going to be in the area of Winter Gardens Boulevard and Pepper Drive. This location will provide excellent coverage of the Pepper Drive and Winter Gardens areas of the fire district while still allowing quick response to the Riverview and Lakeside areas.

Lakeside Fire District station locations - March 2015.

Lakeside's River Park Fire Station opened early 2012.
Posted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

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