On March 11th, 2017 the city of Costa Mesa held a groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station No. 1. located on Royal Palm Drive. Originally built in 1961, the new station will feature a new 12,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility including dorm rooms, three administrative offices, one training classroom, an emergency medical supply room and four utility rooms. The new facility will address out-of-date building codes, accommodate multi-gender usage and provide an efficient floor plan that aims to improve emergency response time. It will be approximately 25% larger than the old facility at a cost of about $7.8 million. Fire Chief Dan Stefano says it should be operational in 12 to 18 months and is a 50 year investment.
Speakers included: City Manager Tom Hatch, Mayor Katrina Foley, Fire Chief Dan Stefano, State Senator John Moorlach, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel and city council members Sandra Genis, Jim Righeimer and John Stephens. The Color Guard ceremony was performed by Boy Scout Troop #339.