Frequently Asked Questions

    Fire Station 32 Dedication Plaque
    Station 32 was built in the 1950's. What is its size in square feet?
    It now has 3,737 square feet of total space (2,547 square feet of living space and 1,190 square feet of apparatus bay). Originally designed as a three person station, the District later added 800 square feet of living space to accommodate three additional personnel.

    How does its size and age compare to the average fire station in the District?
    Station 32 is the smallest and oldest fire station in the District. It is half the size of the next smallest station and has more assigned personnel. In the Fire and EMS Municipal Service Review adopted by Contra Costa LAFCO at a Public Hearing on August 12, 2009, the commission found the condition of Station 32 to be the worst in the District (pg. 307) and stated "Fire Station 32 in Alamo is aged and needs replacement." (pg. 308).

    How many personnel work at Fire Station 32?
    Fifteen members of the District call this station home (five are on duty each day).

    What types of apparatus respond from this station?
    Four apparatus provide primary service to the citizens of Alamo and are housed at Fire Station 32 - two "Type 1" structural fire engines (Engine 32 and Engine 32A), a "Type 3" wildland fire engine (Engine 332) and one Ambulance (Rescue/Medic 32).

    What is the size of the new Fire Station 32?
    Our proposed design calls for a 7,968 square foot station (4,597 square feet is living space).

    How much will the new Fire Station cost to build?
    The cost to build the new station will be approximately 5 million dollars.  The District will sell the old station site and property it owns on Hemme Avenue in Alamo to offset the construction cost.

    Will the new station result in an assessment or affect my property taxes in any way?
    No. The Fire District already receives a fixed portion of property taxes from all parcels in its jurisdiction and uses these funds to build, equip and staff local fire stations.

    Will being located on a corner with access to two through streets be advantageous?
    Being located at a major East/West, North/South controlled intersection at the "bull's-eye" center of the Alamo response zone is a principle advantage of the new site. The Fire District feels extremely fortunate and proud to have acquired this property for the residents of Alamo. The District had been searching for property in this area for more than five years and purchased the parcel within days of it becoming available.

    Response times will be improved due to the existing signalized intersection. Crews will be able to control the light, thereby allowing personnel and apparatus to exit the station without delay during emergency calls. At the old station the signal on Stone Valley Road flashes yellow 99% of the time and when the crews do turn it red, to exit for an emergency call, drivers commonly ignore the red light and continue on Stone Valley Road or become startled by the light and slam on their brakes (at times causing vehicle collisions).

    At the new site responding crews will remotely turn Stone Valley Road traffic signals red while briefly holding the Miranda Avenue signals green. This will allow the emergency apparatus to efficiently enter eastbound or westbound Stone Valley Road or safely exit the station with a right turn onto Miranda Avenue.

    Are any zoning changes needed or being proposed?
    No. County General Plan conformance and consistency was unanimously confirmed on March 18, 2009 at a public hearing before the San Ramon Valley Regional Planning Commission. Fire stations and facilities, along with schools, parks and other public infrastructure are considered consistent with all land use designations in the General Plan and in all zoning districts. On February 17, 2010 a separate Land Use Permit Application filed by the District was deemed complete by the Contra Costa County Community Development Department.

    Is the District proposing to widen Miranda Avenue or make any changes to surrounding streets or roads?
    The District is planning significant sidewalk and landscape upgrades in front of the site including new handicap ramps. No street or road changes beyond the project site are planned, proposed or contemplated as part of the development. Road projects in Alamo fall under the authority of the County Transportation Engineering Division.

    Did the District consider building on the existing site?
    Yes, it certainly did. However, when the property at 2100 Stone Valley Road became available it was deemed a far superior location. Below are a few of the reasons.
    • The existing parcel is much smaller than the 2100 Stone Valley Road site. The planned widening of Stone Valley Road would also require a redesigned station to be set back further from the road than its current location, effectively reducing the buildable area.
    • Exiting onto Stone Valley Road can be very difficult due to the speed of traffic and a blind view to the West.
    • The size of the lot would not allow for drive through apparatus bays, which would require the crews to continue to back into the station.
    • The hillside behind the station has significant geotechnical issues. An engineering study would need to be completed along with a construction feasibility study for a large retaining wall to protect the station and reinforce the hillside.
    • The crews would have to be moved to a temporary location during the renovation if we were to rebuild at the current site. The cost of this temporary site is essentially money lost as is does not become part of any permanent facility.

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