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Watts - Council District 15

Existing Fire Station 65


History
Fire Station was built in 1936 and is located at 1525 E. 103rd. Street. The station is approximately 5,760 square feet and houses an Engine Company and 2 Rescue Ambulances for a total staffing of 4 firefighters and 4 paramedics.  The station services the community of Watts and covers an area of approximately 2.97 square miles.  The district is well known for its high fire incident ratio and emergency medical calls. When the station was first built the area consisted of mainly single family dwellings and small businesses.  The area has become more heavily populated with the passing of time.

Reason for Project
The existing fire station is too small and does not have adequate room to allow flexibility in resource deployment.  The station is overcrowded and its main systems are antiquated along with the site being is too small to accommodate a replacement Standard Fire/Paramedic Station.

Evaluation Of Current Facility
Areas of deficiencies that were noted by Bureau of Engineering survey determined problems with: space, seismic, heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, building code, American Disabilities Act (ADA), fire protection systems, and lack of adequate separate gender facilities.

Projected Resource Workloads
Community planning census information and Fire Department historical incident data have been used to project resource workloads.  It is projected that the number of responses will increase 10% for apparatus assigned to Fire Station 65 by  the year 2010.
Service Area Population Growth
Community planning census information indicates that the population growth for Watts has increased steadily and is projected to increase to 288,156, which is a 19.6% increase by the year 2010.