FILLMORE, Calif. – The Ventura County Fire Department held a groundbreaking event for a new County fire station in Fillmore on Wednesday, October 19.
The new $8.3 million fire station is being built on a vacant 2.7-acre site near the intersection of Highway 126 and C Street in Fillmore. The 15,000 square-foot, single-story fire station will provide improved access to the highway, modern utility systems and increased room for fire engines.
“The new fire station will replace a more than half-century-old facility and better accommodate our firefighters and rescue equipment,” said Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “The current site of Station 27 is outdated, extremely small and too cramped to allow for expansion.”
Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen was joined by County Supervisor Kathy Long, Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola, City of Fillmore officials and other dignitaries to commemorate the start of construction.
The current station, constructed in 1952, was built to serve the unincorporated areas of the county near Fillmore and the central Santa Clara Valley. The existing station will be leased to the U.S. Forest Service, which now operates out of a trailer on the property located at 613 Old Telegraph Road.
The new station will provide state-of-the-art equipment and living quarters for four firefighters and a two-member bulldozer crew. It will feature three apparatus bays, nine dorms, office and training areas, and additional space to accommodate extra personnel and equipment if needed later.
County supervisors approved plans for Fire Station 27 in early August. Construction of the Fillmore station started in September and will be completed in early 2018.