Menifee Officials Discuss Plans for New Fire Stations, Locations

Fire Station 7, located on Bradley Road near McCall Boulevard in the Sun City section of Menifee, ...

Fire Station 7, located on Bradley Road near McCall Boulevard in the Sun City section of Menifee, will eventually be relocated, according to fire officials.
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Menifee city officials were briefed today by a Riverside County Fire Department chief on plans for the relocation of two County fire stations to new facilities in the city.

According to Batallion 13 Chief Jorge Rodriguez, decades-old stations in the Sun City and Quail Valley communities of Menifee do not meet current codes and are not worth remodeling. Officials hope to build new stations near the current facilities in the next two to three years.

The discussion took place at the first meeting of the re-established Menifee City Public Safety Committee, a city council subcommittee that was recently re-appointed for the first time since 2010. City Council representatives John Denver and Tom Fuhrman, Interim City Manager Rob Johnson and other city officials will meet regularly with county fire and police officials to discuss and evaluate public safety in Menifee.

This meeting focused on local firefighting resources. Rodriguez told committee members that of the four County fire stations located within the Menifee city limits, two are considered outdated and will be replaced.

"The stations in Quail Valley and Sun City are still at 1970s standards," Rodriguez said. "They are back-in stations with no ventilation for diesel fumes. The doors between the engine area and the sleeping quarters are not sufficiently sealed to keep the fumes out. It's not a healthy situation, and they wouldn't be worth remodeling."

Top priority on the list goes to Station 7, located on Bradley Road just north of McCall Boulevard in the Sun City area. According to Rodriguez, it is the busiest fire station in Riverside County, making more than 4,000 calls per year. A large percentage of those calls are medical calls for seniors living in the community, but fire department policy dictates that an engine crew answers every call as well as paramedics and an ambulance.

In order to adequately serve that area, county fire officials plan to relocate to a new facility. That site has not been determined, but Rodriguez said county officials are looking at acquiring a portion of the 6-acre plot of land at the corner of Brad