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Firefighters Win Funding for New Garage Door

The new garage door will allow for faster response times.

Highland Park Fire Station 12's garage door can get pretty hot during the summer time, occasionally reaching 140-degree Farenheit, according to Capt. Chris Segovia.

Segovia explained that the engines and fire trucks at Station 12 are often charging or idling, which keeps the temperatures mercilessly high.

As a result, the garage's back door is often left open, to allow cool air to flow in, and provide the crew a modicum of relief.

However, as it's one of the oldest stations in the city, Station 12's back door needs to be manually closed by firefighters every time they leave the station, which is a minor but unnecessary increase to response times, Segovia said.

On Thursday evening, the Historic voted unanimously in favor of giving a $900 Neighborhood Purposes Grant (NPG) to the firefighters to be used to install a brand new automatic garage door opener.

Capt. Gene Bednarchik promised the council that the money would go a long way in serving the community.

"With the budget crisis in the city, it's really tough to get things done around the station and to get new equipment, especially for a station the age of fire station 12. We consider this an early Christmas gift for the fire station," he said.

"It's going to benefit you folks, also," Bednarchik added. "It allows us to get out of quarters that much faster. Right now, it's a manually opening door, and every time the door opens you gotta pull on the chain, we gotta make sure it's secured when we leave, and that takes a lot of time. Now, with the garage door opener, all we have to do is push a button, so we can get out of quarters that much faster."

Ruben Del Portillo November 23, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Thanks for the clarification Simon. Fire trucks are staffed by EMT's and some Engine Co's have a PFR (Paramedic First Responder). The trucks carry the fire suppression and extrication equipment so I do not understand why they want to shut down stations. As for the idling I agree, but the amount of time that they idle is of minimal consequence. Simply politicians like to play games sometimes to fund their own special interest agenda. Hopefully if there is a huge earthquake or fire the station close to their house will be shut down and Oh Well.
SIMON November 23, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Thanks Mr D for sharing good information regarding first responders, I agree with you regarding politicians. In difficult times it shows where their interests are. I believe that a lot of these budget cuts are because that new football stadium that they want to build even though they said no public funds were going to be used. The fire chief should be fighting to get his fire companies back and not fold in to these politicians
Ruben Del Portillo November 23, 2011 at 04:15 PM
I think he is, but as I do not know him I can not say for sure. I was an officer myself and know for a fact that the higher in rank you are the more politics you see. His hands are probably tied and he must be pretty frustrated. I am not sure how things work here in SoCal, but public support always helps.
Joe Walker November 23, 2011 at 05:05 PM
14 comments on a $900 garage door? If a lost dog was involved this thread would break 100 by Thanksgiving!
Ruben Del Portillo November 23, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Maybe so Joe Walker. Should we make a run for it? LOL Happy Holidays!

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