Los Angeles – Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez announced the addition of twelve new fire personnel positions at Fire Station 75 in Mission Hills, further restoring engine services to an area that has been operating with reduced capacity since 2011 budget cuts.
The funding to restore resources at Fire Station 75 was acquired through the Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant that was awarded to the City by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The added staffing will increase deployment and improve response times in the Mission Hills area and supplement fire services in Sylmar — the largest service area in Los Angeles. Engine services at Fire Station 75 begin on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
“This is a tremendous win for our fire-prone hillsides and neighborhoods,” said Councilwoman Rodriguez. “Our community has gone far too long without adequate services, and it is crucial that we restore resources to protect our neighborhoods from fire-related hazards.”
“Thanks to the SAFER grant, we were able to bring back Engine 75 to Mission Hills,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “The new Engine 75 will provide additional fire and EMS services to the residents and visitors of this community, as we continually strive to provide exceptional public safety across the City of Los Angeles.”
Councilwoman Rodriguez has also allocated $200,000 to begin a study and the process to build a fire station in Sylmar to better equip the Northeast San Fernando Valley with emergency resources.
These announcements were made at a Community Open House at Fire Station 75 in Mission Hills with Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.