L.A. City Continues Station Program

L.A. City Continues Station Program

Staff Correspondent

A program to replace, relocate and consolidate stations by the Los Angeles City Fire Department continues with the opening of one station and the start of construction on another.

New Station 46, 4730 South Hoover St., just south of Exposition Park and the Memorial Coliseum, replaces old station 46 and 22. The two-story brick and masonry building has 5036 square feet and houses Battalion 8 and Task Force 46, consisting of a two-piece engine company, an aerial ladder truck and a rescue ambulance.

Old 46, built in 1923, did not meet earthquake safety standards. Station 22 was abandoned because of the more central relocation to serve the area.

Energy-saving feature

In an effort to conserve energy, the newly completed facility incorporates aluminum solar shade screens to deflect solar radiation and retain cool air. Gravity hot air turbines have been installed on the roof to exhaust hot air from the insulated attic. Insulation also has been installed in the walls of the living quarters.

New Station 3 is now being built at 108 North Fremont St., on the west side of Bunker Hill and the downtown area. It will replace Station 3 at Second and Hill Streets. Built in 1923, the station was department headquarters until the move to City Hall East. When the new station is completed, the department is expected to close nearby Station 6.

Station to be razed

When Station 3 is completed, the old station and headquarters will be demolished for the Community Redevelopment Agency’s senior citizen housing complex.

The new station will be a two-story structure with 13,654 square feet and will house a task force, rescue ambulance, division headquarters, and other support units. Also included on the new site will be a reserve apparatus storage facility of 3424 square feet. Total costs are estimated at $2,524,265 with most of the funds appropriated by the Community Redevelopment Agency.

New Station 3 is ideally located to serve as first-in for the fast growing business and commercial area on the west side of Bunker Hill, which includes hotels and high-rise office buildings.

Under construction, Station 3 design is a far cry from present quartersthe building with arches in photo below. More modern building was constructed in late '40s for fire prevention bureau and headquarters garage. Both buildings will be demolished for a housing project.

Los Angeles City Fire Dept. photos

New Station 46 houses a task force, rescue ambulance and battalion headquarters

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