In celebration of National Public Works Week, Los Angeles inspector of public works John Reamer and deputy city engineer Brad Smith conducted a special tour of Los Angeles City Fire Department Station No. 43 in Palms for students of Braddock Elementary School in Del Rey and Emerson Middle School in West Los Angeles Monday, May 21st.

Braddock Elementary fifth-graders and Emerson Middle School sixth-graders visited the facility as part of their after-school programs. The activity aimed to let the students see the facility, which is still under construction, to learn about the work involved in building a fire station, and to try to inspire them to explore careers in engineering and inspection, Public Works Department officials said.

The new city Fire Station No. 43 at 3690 Motor Ave. in Palms will replace the current 65-year-old Palms Fire Station No. 43 on National Boulevard.

The older facility, built during World War II, has been deemed seismically inefficient and too small to house enough equipment to respond effectively to today’s emergencies, Public Works officials said.

The new 15,250-square-foot Palms Fire Station is expected to open by fall.

The tour of the facility is one of several after-school outreach events hosted by the Department of Public Works during National Public Works Week, which was celebrated from May 20th to 26th.

Instituted by the American Public Works Association, National Public Works Week is observed every third week of May and is a public education campaign that stresses the value and impact of public works to communities.

The campaign aims to acknowledge the public works professionals across America who build and maintain public infrastructure.