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he formal dedication and public grand opening of new Fire Station 21 was held on Saturday, April, 21, 2012. The fes-


tivities were open to all members of the com- munity and included food and entertainment consisting of “Wilshire the Fire Dog,” a heli- copter flyover, and static displays of fire and rescue equipment. Fire Station 21 serves a 2.07 square-


mile area that was largely rural and transform- ing to suburbs when the previous station - built in 1941, replaced a facility destroyed in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. In around-the- clock service for nearly seven decades, the for- mer building at 1187 East 52nd Street became cramped, inefficient and in conflict with mod- ern seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air con-


ditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodation is- sues.


The new Fire Station was built just


north of and adjacent to the former station. An efficient and appealing long-term asset for the community, the new 15,150 square-foot Re- gional Station is on a nearly 2 acre parcel, and features a drive-through heavy apparatus bay to facilitate the entry and exit of emergency vehicles, a 5,250 square-foot apparatus stor- age building, and a 2,500 square-foot multi-use community room. In order to best serve the neighborhood, the project included the conver- sion of the adjacent old fire station into a mul- tipurpose building much anticipated by local residents.


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