Needles, CA: Ribbon cut for the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32.

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Needles, CA: Ribbon cut for the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32 on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 100 Safari Drive, near East Broadway (Highway 95), in Needles, California.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32 as officials and dignitaries spoke about the work to get to completing this project and thanking the people who build the new fire station and the people who came together from the city and county in make this new fire station happen.

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There were a lot of officials and dignitaries in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony, including San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig, San Bernardino County Fire Department Thomas Marshall, San Bernardino County Fire Department John Chamberlain, Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier, Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy, Reverend Janet Hurley of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Fontana Fire Protection District Division 1 Assistant Chief Jeff Birchfield, Desert Hills Fire Department Chief Pat Dennen, Mohave Valley Fire Department Chief Ted Martin, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross Tarangle, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood, and many more.

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San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig welcomed everybody to the ribbon cutting ceremony, spoke about the new fire station, and thanked everybody involved in this project.

San Bernardino County Fire Department has administered fire protection services for the City of Needles since 1977.

The new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32 will service the unincorporated region of the San Bernardino County, California, including Park Moabi, the Colorado River recreation area, and along the Interstate 40 and Highway 95 corridors which receives over 1,100 calls for service annually.

The new fire station is 6,300 square feet and includes new crew quarters, offices, day room, kitchen, dining room, restrooms, an exercise room, storage facility, enclosed and locked parking lot, an apparatus bay for housing 2 engines, turn-out locker room, and vehicle exhaust removal system.

There is also a 600 square foot equipment storage building constructed adjacent to the main fire station.

The construction meets the current state title 24 energy standards, and the rock scape provides for California’s drought concerns with no need for irrigation.

The current San Bernardino County Fire Station 31, which was built in 1953 and is located at 633 Front Street in Downtown Needles, California, is no longer adequate or large enough to support the needs of San Bernardino County Fire Department.

According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig, “The City of Needles and San Bernardino County Fire remain committed to providing sustainable fire, rescue and emergency medical services to its citizens and visitors. We look forward to serving the area from fire station 32 which now allows room for future growth of fire protection services to the City and surrounding communities. We are honored and proud to serve you.”

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San Bernardino County Superintendent of School Ted Alejandre gave thanks and spoke about how students admire and respect San Bernardino County Fire Department firefighters and think of becoming a firefighter as their career.

According to San Bernardino County Superintendent of School Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County, California has 33 school districts, and well over 10,000 students, and very often I am invited to their college and career fairs, and so often we see our firefighters presenting and talking about their careers and their professions well as their associate careers.

“I’ll tell you, students are fascinated by the works of our firefighters do. They’re to be commended for their efforts and everything they have given to the cause to protect our community, and when they leave our students really admire them and respect them for what they do and what they’re looking forward to they think about their own careers,” said San Bernardino County Superintendent of School Ted Alejandre.

San Bernardino County Superintendent of School Ted Alejandre added, “On behalf of myself and the County Board, president of Board of Education, we salute the efforts build a legacy of excellence as well as to continuing the tradition of safe and vigilant – working on behalf of the community – with quality service and support to the families of San Bernardino County.”

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San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood spoke about the project and also thanked everybody involved in the project.

According to San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, “The opening of this state-of-the-art fire station is part of my commitment to enhancing public safety throughout San Bernardino County. The men and women of the San Bernardino County Fire Department do an outstanding job, and this new station will be an important part of their mission to serve residents.”

The $3.6 million construction project was funded from a Community Development Block Grant and the County’s discretionary general fund. Construction began November 12, 2015 and is scheduled to open right on time and is on track with the project budget.

In 2012, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved STK Architecture Inc. to design a fire station in Spring Valley Lake, California and use the design template for future fire stations at a cost savings to taxpayers.

The contractor on the Needles, California project is D. Webb Incorporated of Yucca Valley, California.

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During the ribbon cutting ceremony, plaques were headed out to several people.

** Names of Plaques Receivers: **

Captain Patrick Bryan:

“In appreciation for your hard work and dedication as Construction Liaison and bringing Fire Station 32 in Needles to fruition. Your knowledge and dedication is invaluable.”

Tony Finaldi from S.T.K. Architecture Inc.:

“Thank you for your partnership and design of several San Bernardino County Fire Stations. Your innovative, state-of- the-art, energy efficient fire stations, including Needles Fire Station 32, serves the needs of the County and its communities.”

Louis Tickemyer:

“In appreciation for your hard work and dedication as Project Manager in the construction of Fire Station 32 in Needles. Your knowledge and skills are immeasurable.”

Dave Webb from D. Webb Inc.:

“In appreciation of your hard work and dedication in the construction of Fire Station 32 in Needles while exceeding expectations. This state-of- the-art, energy efficient fire station will serve the City of Needles and its surrounding communities for decades.”

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San Bernardino County Fire Department Thomas Marshall welcomed firefighters to their new home at San Bernardino County Fire Station 32 which replaces the old San Bernardino County Fire Station 31 on Front Street in Downtown Needles, California.

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At the ribbon was cut on the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32, people were able to take a tour of the new fire station and enjoy free refreshments.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez got to speak with San Bernardino County Superintendent of School Ted Alejandre about how the County School are helping to get students interested in becoming firefighters and what is the County School doing in Needles, California to help get local students involve in a career in the fire department, and San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig about the new fire station and how will this new fire station will benefit the community.

Afterwards, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez asked San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig how will this fire station effect the annexation into San Bernardino County Fire District.

“I was just talking with the City earlier and functionally, its no difference. Organizationally and from a bookkeeping side, it’s a change. We have one station here before the City’s annexation, we have one station now so its really about the same,” said San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig.

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The new fire station will be equipped with a fire engine, a brush patrol, a water tender, and be staffed 24 hours a day with a professional Fire Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter Paramedic.

The community welcomes all of the firefighters to their new home at San Bernardino County Fire Station 32 in Needles, California.

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