Ribbon cutting for new Fire Station 20 in Upper Ojai Friday, April 29, 10-11 a.m.

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The new 8,504-square-foot fire station in Upper Ojai includes two pass-through engine bays, two offices, a fitness room, kitchen, dining area and living quarters for four firefighting personnel.

The Ventura County Fire Department and local officials will celebrate the dedication of a new fire station with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 29.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with station tours starting immediately after the ceremony.

Ventura County Fire Chief Dustin Gardner, County Supervisor Matt LaVere, interim CEO Dr. Sevet Johnson, Ojai Mayor Betsy Stix and Santa Paula Mayor Jenny Crosswhite will join local firefighters and dignitaries in dedicating the new station.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting photo with elected officials, fire chiefs and dignitaries, and station tours at 10:45 a.m.

“The new station is a direct result of our desire to provide the best possible service to the community members in Upper Ojai and Santa Paula,” said Fire Chief Dustin Gardner. “We’re excited to show the public their new station, which will better accommodate our firefighters and additional firefighting equipment.”

The new $7.3 million fire station built on a 2.3-acre site is approximately a half-mile west of the old station built in 1959.

“In the last 60 years, we’ve outgrown the current site as service demands have increased in the area. This new station will allow firefighters to store larger equipment needed to fight brushfires,” said Andy VanSciver, information officer for VCFD.

The new Fire Station 20 is located at 12000 Ojai-Santa Paula Road. It was approved by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in September 2019, accepting the bid from Ardalan Construction.



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