- The Transformer-like engine undergoes daily maintenance. (Photo By Kimberley Sander)
By K.P. Sander
Eastvale – Firefighters are our heroes. They put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public as a way of life. You merely have to reflect back on the events of 9-11 to fully understand the courageous impact that those in public service can have in dire emergencies. Every life is precious no matter the circumstances, and seconds count when emergency services are needed.
The City of Eastvale is fortunate to have Cal Fire Station 27 within city limits to take care of the 55,000 residents in its 13 or so square miles. From municipal and wild land fire protection to medical emergencies, rescues and hazardous materials concerns, the station responds to approximately 1,400 incidents each year. Their competence in facilitating the safety of the public is done with pride, integrity and kindness.
The beautiful state-of-the-art Fire Station, which opened on Hamner Avenue on September 21, 2011, houses approximately 13 firefighter and/or paramedic personnel. With nearly 11,000 square feet of space that includes a luxury kitchen, cozy TV room with comfortable recliners, sleeping dormitory, fitness room – as well as a large apparatus bay and working areas – the building is an interesting dichotomy of home and the militaresque routines that direct their business days.
With one engine and one squad rolling from the Eastvale station, there are five personnel on duty at any given time, including one captain, one engineer, and three firefighter/paramedics, all teaming together to ensure a response time of ten minutes or less. Working 72 hour shifts, the firefighters of Eastvale keep a spotless home and equipment in pristine condition. From electronic tablets to help streamline on-scene reporting to a sophisticated exhaust system at the station to keep diesel fuel exposure to a minimum, Station 27 reveals amenities that take care of our firefighters as well.
Firefighter/Paramedic, Eric Stephens, of Cal Fire Station 27 (Photo by Kimberly Sanders)
Along with keeping the public safe, our local Fire Department also supports our community through Toys for Tots at Christmas time, as well as weekly station tours for organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, church groups, and visits for children with disabilities.
Definitely a step up from the temporary fire station previously located at Cedar Creek Park, Cal Fire Station 27 and the brave firefighters that take care of us are a source of pride for the community of Eastvale. Through efficient and effective emergency services, these men and women who serve us are definitely our Heroes At Home.