On Monday, May 24, rural Lincoln residents came to help Placer County Fire firefighters and members of the Placer County Board of Supervisors dedicate a new fire station which is expected to enhance fire protection in rural Lincoln.
|Jim Durfee, Facilities Services Director, Tom Miller, CEO, |
CalFire Ranger Unit Chief Brad Harris, Supervisor Robert
Weygandt, Supervisor JimHolmes and project manager Lisa James.
The new Placer County Fire Station 70, located at 1112 Wise Road at Eden Lane in rural Lincoln, will replace an old station on Oak Tree Lane which has helped serve rural Lincoln for more than 40 years.
“This facility is located absolutely where it needs to be,” noted CAL FIRE Ranger Unit Chief Brad Harris.
Placer County purchased the five-acre parcel located at Eden Lane and Wise Road for a new fire station. The existing 1,800 square foot modular home was remodeled to become an office in which to meet with the public and crew quarters. The barn was modified to become the bay in which the fire engine is now parked.
The decision to remodel the barn and home versus building new buildings saved county taxpayers about $5 million in construction costs, and cost about $1 million in total.
“I have nothing but thanks to the Board of Supervisors for being so proactive and for being such good stewards of the public’s funds,” Chief Harris said.
District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt, who grew up in the area and now represents rural Lincoln on the Board of Supervisors, said the new station “is good for my neighborhood and good for all of us.”
Fire prevention and protection in those areas of Placer County such as rural Lincoln which are not served by independent fire protection districts or municipal fire departments is provided by a combination of a contract with CAL FIRE and six volunteer fire companies, all operated and administered by Placer County and CAL FIRE under the name “Placer County Fire.”
“The partnership between Placer County and CAL FIRE “provides great value to taxpayers – it’s a great partnership,” Supervisor Weygandt stressed.
In addition to the improved location, living and working conditions for fire personnel will improve significantly at the new station. On Oak Tree Lane, crews had lived in a 40-year-old trailer onsite with a leaky roof and a failing septic system.
“The new location will greatly enhance our ability to protect lives, property and the environment. The Gladding Fire in September of 2008 could have been a catastrophic event but for the strenuous efforts of Placer County Fire and its partnering agencies,” Supervisor Weygandt had stressed earlier.