A grand opening ceremony was held Saturday, January 5th, to officially recognize the new Los Angeles City Fire Station No. 62, at 11970 Venice Blvd. in Mar Vista.

City officials, including City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Chief Douglas Barry and City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, as well as civic and community leaders, were on hand to celebrate the opening of the station, which has been in service since May.

Among the communities within the Fire Station 62 coverage area are Mar Vista, Venice and West Los Angeles.

The original Fire Station 62, on Centinela Avenue near Charnock Avenue, was built prior to the Korean War to serve a then-lightly-populated and primarily residential six-square-mile district of ocean view homes, according to the LAFD. The facility was designed to house a small cadre of male firefighters and one limited-role fire apparatus.

The demands of emergency service and operational advances at the fire department in the past half-century, made that 4,190-square-foot station and only slightly larger parcel of land inadequate for providing timely and effective response to the community’s needs, according to the fire department. The original Fire Station 62 not only grew cramped and inefficient during its 57 years of service, but also proved deficient in meeting seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, building code, ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) and separate gender accommodation issues, said Brian Humphrey, LAFD spokesman.

The new energy-efficient 16,130-square-foot Station 62 was designed with community input and built to support multi-role emergency response needs in the future, all while enhancing the effectiveness of a diverse and omnipotent workforce, he said.