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Heading Bullet    New Fire/Paramedic Station 81/ Valley Training
Panorama City - Council District 6


Reason for Project
The current Valley Training Center located at Fire Station 89 was built many years ago.  The Fire Department has outgrown the current site, which is only about 2 1/2 acres, and the current classroom area is not large enough. 

The planned location of new Regional Fire/Paramedic Station 81 and Valley Training Center is the City owned "General Motor’s property."   This property is 4.6 acres and will allow for the development of a San Fernando Valley Drill Tower Training Facility.  This dual function facility will serve as the primary training site for all San Fernando Valley firefighters and paramedics, as well as serve as a Recruit Training Drill Tower location for newly hired firefighters and paramedics.  The ability to train at a centralized location within the San Fernando Valley, rather than attending training sessions near downtown Los Angeles will result in a significant response time reduction in the event of a major emergency.  

Evaluation Of Current Facility
Deficiencies noted by Bureau of Engineering to current site include: Space, Seismic, HVAC, Type V, Electrical, Plumbing, Building Code, ADA, Fire Protection Systems, and Separate Gender Facilities.

Service Area Population Growth
Community planning census information indicates that the population growth for Panorama City district has increased steadily and is projected to increase to  115,461, a 25.4% increase by the year 2010.

New Fire/Paramedic Station Project Description
A new Regional Fire/Paramedic Station will be constructed on the "General Motors Site" in Van Nuys on  4.6-acres. This new facility will include a 15,250-square foot Fire/Paramedic Station , an 8,000-sq. ft. apparatus storage building, a 2,500-sq. ft. multi-purpose room, and a 25,000 square foot training complex.  The complex will consist of a Drill Tower, classrooms, and offices, men and women’s shower/locker rooms, dormitory and kitchen facility.

Current Progress

Architect: WLC Architects

Phase: Complete

Tentative Schedule

Property Acquisition No Property Acquisition
Design Phase April 2002 - October 2003
Contractor Bid & Award Process October 2003 - June 2004
Construction Phase June 2004 - March 2007