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Distinguished officials, retired firefighters and guests joined the Ventura County Fire Department in for a groundbreaking of a new fire station more than 50 years in the making.
On Monday, October 26, Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, County Supervisor Linda Parks, Thousand Oaks Mayor Al Adam and City Manager Scott Mitnick ceremoniously celebrated the future site of the 11,233-square-foot fire station, located at 751 Mitchell Road in Thousand Oaks.
“The new station is expected to provide enhanced fire service due to its improved location, innovation and technology,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “It will better accommodate firefighting and rescue equipment, improve public safety when responding to emergency calls and provide larger living quarters for firefighters.”
The $5.5 million station will replace a more than 50-year-old firehouse with a new, larger two-story building located a few blocks away in the Rancho Conejo Industrial Park. Built in 1962, the 3,400-square-foot station, next to the 101 Freeway, is the smallest in Ventura County and no longer meets the needs of modern building designs and seismic code requirements.
The new station will feature ADA access, greater storage to accommodate fire equipment, male and female restrooms and private dorm rooms. The building will include office and public interface areas, three apparatus bays large enough to house a ladder truck, nine dorms to provide for an engine and truck company and additional support areas needed to provide for operational readiness.
“Fire Station 35 serves a primary response area of about 11-square miles,” said Division Chief Ted Smith. “It’s a very busy station. In the last 50 years, service demands in Thousand Oaks have increased as the city has developed. Its firefighting apparatus and scope of our service have outgrown the current site.”
Construction on the new site is scheduled to begin in early March 2016 with completion and occupancy anticipated in June 2017. During construction, Ventura County Fire anticipates no negative impacts on service levels for the citizens of Thousand Oaks.
For more information on Fire Station 35’s groundbreaking, contact the Ventura County Fire Public Information Office at (805) 389-9769.