Groundbreaking held for local fire station renovations

Renovations to Redlands Fire Station No. 262 will improve living conditions to accommodate recruits from multiple genders

Groundbreaking held for local fire station renovations
(L-R) Battalion Chief Dave Denman, Battalion Chief Josh Hannan, Chief Rich Sessler, Capt. Mark Davis and Deputy Chief Reggie Brown during Fire Station No. 262 groundbreaking ceremony April 15. (Photo: Courtesy City of Redlands)

REDLANDS, Calif. — A south Redlands fire station is on its way to the construction of modernized facilities. 

City officials and firefighters took part in a groundbreaking ceremony at Redlands Fire Station No. 262 on Monday.

 (L-R) Council Member Mario Saucedo, Fire Chief Rich Sessler, City Manager Charlie Duggan Jr., Mayor Eddie Tejeda and Mayor Pro Tem Paul Barich during Fire Station No. 262 groundbreaking ceremony April 15. (Photo: Courtesy City of Redlands)

Why it matters: Remodeling Fire Station No. 262 has been a long-awaited project that promises to elevate the station’s infrastructure to improve operational efficiency and living conditions for fire department personnel. 

Details: The fire station, located at 1690 Garden Street, was built in 1965. 

Remodel upgrades include modernizing restroom and dormitory facilities to accommodate both male and female candidates. 

By building a fitness room and six new crew dormitories, there is hope that the fire department will be able to recruit more firefighters from all genders in the future.

The improvements made to personnel living conditions are also intended to help firefights rest and recuperate after demanding operations. 

The remodel of the one-story 3,683 square-foot station was approved by City Council this past February. The total project amount is $2.16 million, which includes a 10% contingency.

Moving forward: Renovations are expected to be completed within six to nine months.

The fire crew from station No. 262 has been temporarily relocated to the Carriage House at 1399 Prospect Drive to ensure a smooth transition and uninterrupted service. 

Until construction is complete, the station will be closed to walk-in emergencies. 

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