Ground Breaks for Fire Station #1

Construction is set to begin on Santa Monica’s latest addition to the City’s Fire Department, with a ground-breaking ceremony marking the occasion, Saturday, June 2.

Santa Monica City Councilmembers along with dignitaries break ground on the new Santa Monica Fire Station #1. Photos: Morgan Genser.

According to the City, the project’s commencement has been 10 years in the making; the weekend event drawing many keen onlookers and participants.

Santa Monica City Mayor Ted Winter speaks to the crowd. Behind him are colorings by local kids.

Santa Monica City Mayor Ted Winterer spoke at the ground-breaking alongside Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) Chief Bill Walker, Deputy Chief Tom Clemo and Santa Monica City Architect Rebecca Abano.

“Construction will soon begin on the 28,000 square-foot facility that will provide essential life-saving services to the Downtown area and entire community,” a City spokesperson said. The new site for the station is located at 1337 7th St., Santa Monica. The current Fire Station 1 is located at 1444 7th St., Santa Monica and will remain in operation until the new location is complete.

Santa Monica Firefighter Spinsoc places a junior firefighter sticker on 17-month-old Mairead Knox.

“Fire Station #1 serves the downtown core and is Santa Monica’s most active station with 8,948 calls for service a day in Fiscal Year 2016/17,” City staff said. “The new station will be seismically sound and will accommodate the personnel and equipment needs of the department.”

New features include: a two-story facility spanning 28,000 square feet; the ability to remain operational after a major disaster, allowing fire personnel to continue providing vital services to the public; bathrooms and 20 dormitories to accommodate both male and female firefighters; a community room available to the public to reserve for use; rooftop solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity, which will cut down on energy costs; and LEED V4 certification to ensure the project is designed and constructed to the highest level of sustainability.

3-year-old Jordan Mills with his father Justin on the left and a Santa Monica firefighter on the right looks at a Santa Monica fire truck.