Pasadena residents joined City Council members—and even Santa Claus—to welcome back members of the Pasadena Fire Department who call Fire Station 32 home. A special “Welcome Home” ceremony was held in December at Station 32, 2424 E. Villa Street, highlighting the work to make the building safer and other improvements to living quarters and the kitchen.
The collaborative, team effort led by the Department of Public Works and the Fire Department means the building is better prepared to withstand a major earthquake, enabling first responders to safely exit following a major disaster.
The $900,000 project for Station 32 is part of an overall plan to ensure all stations are safe. A 2010 independent study indicated seven of eight fire stations needed structural modifications to reduce the risk of significant damage from a major earthquake. The study found that personnel and equipment may not be available to help after the “Big One” strikes. Fire Stations 32 and 39 were likely to collapse while five others could become unusable.
In 2013, West Pasadena’s Station 39 will receive a seismic retrofit and a complete interior renovation.
Station 32 is especially important because it is the City’s largest fire station in terms of crew and equipment deployment. During each shift, Station 32 is home to 10 firefighters who operate a ladder truck, an engine, the City’s Urban Search & Rescue truck and an Advanced Life Support ambulance.
When not responding to our calls for help or other emergencies, Station 32, like all fire stations, is occupied around-the-clock, 24/7/365, by dedicated men and women with the training and experience who a ready to roll when the alarm sounds.