News Release


Oct 28

Roy Wilson Fire Complex in Thousand Palms Ready for Duty

The Roy Wilson Fire Station & Training Center in Thousand Palms is nearing operational status, and a Grand Opening for the public is slated for the second Saturday, Nov. 14. The festivities are due to get under way at 10 a.m., at the fire station on the corner of Ramon and Robert Roads in downtown Thousand Palms.

CalFire Firefighters are expected to commence their first operational shift at midnight Nov. 1.

The Grand Opening ceremonies will feature the usual ribbon cuttings . . . and much more, including tours, refreshments and an exciting demonstration by firefighters of some of the more interesting technical components of the fire training tower. Expect some fireworks and multi-story exploits on the tower.

The project comprises a heavy urban (3-bay) fire station of approximately 9,100 square feet, a training classroom facility of about 6,200 square feet and a training tower of just over 9,000 square feet. In addition, there are many amenities and technologically advanced enhancements, such as concrete ditches and manholes for conducting a variety of realistic crises, such as flooding, mud pit rescues, car fires, kitchen fires, etc.

The project also included a maintenance building, a new traffic signal at Robert Road and Ramon Road (which automatically changes when a fire alarm comes in, to allow quick launches of the fire engines), and auxiliary power generator and diesel fuel supply tank.

The training classroom, constructed in cooperation with College of the Desert, has already seen its first class this week . . . and C.O.D. will use the facility to develop trained and skilled fire personnel for the Coachella Valley and eastern Riverside County.

The original cost estimate for the project was $14,000,000, but the actual cost of construction was $10,277,700.

The General Contractor on the project was Eberhardt Construction, and the project management team included Chief Dorian Cooley and Captain Tony Fox from CalFire, and Jim Ayres from the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.