Thermal Fire Station #39 to Open Wednesday
THERMAL – Members of the community are invited to join Supervisor John J. Benoit and county and CAL FIRE officials in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday celebrating the grand opening of Riverside County’s newest fire station, Thermal Fire Station #39, located at 86-911 58th Avenue.
“Wednesday’s ceremony marks the delivery of a project that has brought a sense of pride to the Thermal community,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This new fire station connects to the runway of the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, provides better service to residents and makes a huge step forward for economic development in the Thermal area.”
The new Thermal Fire Station #39 replaces the station built in the 1950s at 56-925 Vic Higgins St. The 8,900 square-foot facility includes three brand-new bays and seven individual rooms for boarding. As part of the project, a local access road to the airport was created with the addition of 58th Avenue coming off Polk Street. The station can serve a growing Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport with the capacity to house a “crash truck” for use in aircraft rescue and firefighting.
New roads, sidewalks, water, sewer and electrical lines created for this project will facilitate the future development of the Thermal area.
The total project cost $4.2 million with $3 million from the Development Impact Fees (DIF) – Fire Facilities Fund and more than $1.1 million from Riverside County Redevelopment Funds.
Since 2003, Riverside County has invested more than $78.9 million in public works to improve public safety and transform the Thermal community.
This week, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department moved into the $42 million Thermal Sheriff’s Station and Aviation Center, a 77,000-square-foot facility that will be the Sheriff’s Department’s eastern Coachella Valley regional headquarters. The project also included a forensics laboratory, 12,000-gallon fueling station for Sheriff’s Department vehicles and a 12,000-square-foot hangar, helipad and approximately 7,000 square feet of office and aviation maintenance space for the aviation division. The property was donated by the Berger Foundation.
Other improvements completed in Thermal include the renovation of the Jerry C. Rummonds Memorial Community and Senior Center and $15 million to construct new water and sewer lines primarily along Polk Street and Airport Boulevard, building a backbone of water service for the Coachella Valley Water District and removing a major impediment to development of the Thermal area.
Also under construction is a $2.9 million project to pave and install curbs, gutters and sidewalks to the “Thermal Town Site” streets of Church, Olive and Main. The project is anticipated to be complete in May.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Markeshia Babers of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency at 951-955-3173.