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City preps to break ground on new fire station

Facility will allow for improved response times in west Roseville, officials say
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The city of Roseville expects to break ground on Fire Station No. 9 by early next week and begin operating the facility by 2013.

The station will be located on Hayden Parkway, off Blue Oaks Boulevard and west of Fiddyment Road, in the West Roseville Specific Plan.

“We currently do not have a fire station in that area,” said Roseville Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Carman. “To meet our goals for response time, we need to build a station.”

The department aims to arrive at a scene within four minutes 90 percent of the time. Currently, firefighters are speanding 6 1/2 minutes 90 percent of the time to travel to scenes in western parts of Roseville.

Overall, the goal for a total response time from when a person dials 911 to when the fire truck is outside the house or business is 6 1/2 minutes 90 percent of the time. The dispatcher has one minute to process the call. The firefighters have 1 ½ minutes to get into their safety equipment once the alarm sounds. They have four minutes by the time they release the emergency break at the station and set the emergency break at the scene.

Currently, the westernmost neighborhoods of the city are served by Fire Station No. 5 on Pleasant Grove Boulevard west of Mahany Regional Park and Fire Station No. 8 on Winding Creek Way off Foothills Boulevard.

“They’re definitely overburdened right now and not meeting response times,” Carman said.

Fire Station No. 8 engineer Patrick Shannon said the new station will allow firefighters to better serve residents in west Roseville neighborhoods.

“Most of our calls are west of Woodcreek Oaks (Boulevard), and the two closest stations are 5 and 8, which is a long haul from both of them,” Shannon said. “Station 9 will increase our response times to the people living where that station will be built.”

The city plans to open Fire Station No. 9 with four people — a captain, engineer, firefighter paramedic and battalion chief. The station has been designed to accommodate up to eight people and the possible addition of a ladder truck.

“It’s important to know that at the same time, we’re closing Fire Station No. 8,” Carman said. “That was a temporary fire station.”

He said that facility’s current location isn’t ideal and the city eventually plans to rebuild the station elsewhere.

Once built, Fire Station No. 9 might also have a wild land fire apparatus because of all the undeveloped land in western Placer County that poses a fire threat. Currently, the fire department has a wild land apparatus available at five other stations.

Roseville City Council approved a bid for construction in December with United Building Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $2.8 million, with a 10 percent contingency. The city’s fire facilities fee will pay for the construction of the new fire station.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Fire Station No. 9
Location:
2451 Hayden Parkway
Timeline: Expected completion Jan. 1, 2013
Cost: Council approved $2.8 million bid with 10 percent construction contingency