On Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10 a.m., the City of Monterey
Park and the Monterey
Park Fire Department will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at the current and future site for a new Fire Station 62.
Located at 2001 S.
Garfield in Monterey Park, the current site of Fire Station 62 was initially
built to house a single fire engine. Over time, and with the introduction of
paramedics to the fire service, a rescue ambulance was also stationed there.
For many years, the plan has been to eventually build a larger station to house
not only the larger and more robust equipment but to also have a station that
is gender neutral and can accommodate both male and female firefighters. To
that end, the new station will have individual dormitories and shower
facilities, and will be a two-story facility.
City of Monterey Park purchased a home on Isabella Avenue directly behind the
fire station to increase the building space for the new station. After
receiving community feedback to keep the look of the neighborhood consistent, a
similar structure will be built on the site of the existing house. Therefore,
the plan is to demolish the existing house first and build a similar structure
in its place. Once that is complete, in order to maintain fire resources in the
area, fire personnel will occupy the new structure and respond from there while
the old station is demolished and rebuilt. The entire project from start to
finish is anticipated to take just under one year.
Interim Fire Chief Matt Hallock, Monterey Park Fire Department
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