Officials from the Fire Department, the cities of Azusa and Glendora, the U.S. Forest Service, the Board of Supervisors and Rosedale Land Partners, among others, celebrate the grand opening of the new Fire Station 97. Photos by Douglas G. Morrison.
by Nicole Mooradian
With a snip of some oversized gold scissors, Fire Chief Daryl Osby and local officials cut the ribbon and signaled the grand opening of the new Fire Station 97 in Azusa.
Representatives from the Fire Department, Board of Supervisors, U.S. Forest Service, Azusa Police Department, Azusa City Council, Glendora City Council, San Dimas Search and Rescue, and the Rosedale Land Partners, among others, attended the ceremony.
Firefighters occupied the new station, located at 846 E. Juniper Ridge, on Aug. 24. The new station, which serves the cities of Azusa and Glendora, sits cater-cornered from the old Fire Station 97.
“I can’t begin to tell you how secure the cities of Azusa and Glendora feel, knowing—especially in Azusa—that we have two fire facilities at our beck and call,” said Azusa Mayor Joseph Rocha.
The station has been in the works for more than a decade, according to Chief Osby.
“In 2004, we were talking about this station, so I’m glad … that this station has finally come to fruition,” Chief Osby said. He noted that he would miss the old station; however, personnel had clearly outgrown it.
In addition to four firefighters, the fire station houses Engine 97 and Patrol 97.
The nearly 7,000-square-foot building is much larger and more energy efficient than the old station.
The new station was built under an agreement between the city of Azusa and the developer of the local Rosedale planned community at zero cost to the Department. As part of the agreement, the developer will take possession of the old fire station.