New fire stations under construction on Grant Line
by Glenn Moore
Jun 14, 2013 | 4933 views | 5 5 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The relocation of two Tracy Fire Department stations has begun in an effort to improve the department’s response times on the east and west ends of town.

Station 96, at 301 W. Grant Line Road, will move about a mile west to 1800 W. Grant Line Road, while Station 92 moves more than two miles west from 22844 S. Seventh St. in Banta to 1035 E. Grant Line Road, according to David Bramell, a division chief with the department.

The cost to build both stations is $9.43 million — $5.43 million for Station 92 and $4 million for Station 96.

Station 92 costs more because the city of Tracy had to buy the property and do extra work to prepare the soil for construction, Bramell said.

The stations — expected to be one-story, 5,136-square-foot structures — will have identical floor plans.

Diede Construction Inc. of Woodbridge is building both stations with an estimated completion date of April.

“The idea was to build an efficient design that met our needs but wasn’t over the top and build two identical facilities and bid them as one project,” Bramell said. “So we have one contractor build both — we would have economy of scale.”

The move should reduce the department’s total reflex time — the time it takes from when an emergency call is received to when the first engine arrives, according to Bramell.

“Geographically, we try to place stations so we can drive within four minutes,” he said.

The decision to move the two stations was based on the 2007 Standards of Coverage Report, an internal analysis of the response capability of the department based on criteria including where stations are placed.

“Ideally, we are trying to get to the patient or victim as soon as possible — time is always the critical component,” Bramell said. “What we are looking at is where to best situate stations to best meet our performance objectives.”

Based on the report, the total reflex time should be six minutes, 30 seconds within the city and 10 minutes in the Tracy Rural Fire District coverage area.

In 2012, Division Chief Andrew Kellogg said the fire department attained its mark in the city 88 percent of the time and in rural areas 97 percent of the time.

Kellogg said the rural crews typically have to travel farther, but the lack of traffic and signal lights and the configuration of streets allows a quicker response time.

“The city is where we are going to see the improvement,” Kellogg said. “It’s striking a balance between the resources deployed and the response system.”

Kellogg said moving Station 92 inside Tracy’s eastern city limit will have the greatest impact.

“It helps with the east end, where we struggle with those goals,” he said. “As it comes closer in (to the city), it doesn’t impact the rural response time, but it improves our response on the east side of town.”

Moving Station 96 should help the Interstate 205 corridor and areas to the west, Kellogg said.

Both stations will be staffed daily by a three-man crew, and service to Banta will not change.

“With response times being of the essence,” Bramell said, “we tried to design a station with this in mind: No matter where you are in the station, there is a quick dart out to the apparatus room where you can get in the rig and go.”

The new stations will have three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a dining and day room, an exercise room, a shop, a turnout room and storage areas.

Bramell said the city owns the land and building where Station 96 is now, but no official decision has been made as to what will happen when it’s vacated.

The rural fire district board controls Station 92 and will decide what happens to that structure and property.

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June 18, 2013
In some parts of Palo Alto it would cost more than $4mil. What's happened in California over the last few years or so is unnerving. People have been allowed to sue at the drop of a hat. If our government builds anything they will come to a point where it will double in price and finally it will cost too much to build anything in California. After that we all move to Utah and screw it up too. For example. When NASA charges $5mil for an O-Ring, they will go out of business. In 20 years the only industry left in America will be entertainment and lawyering.
June 19, 2013
Th problem is our protective services, like fire, are not keepin up with th demand an needed maintenance has been deferred cus monies necessary fer manpower an equipment have not been flowin frum th public inta these services in th form of taxes.

So when a new facility is envisioned it's somewhat natural fer it ta cost more as it's built fer future needs that will develop an th same necessary maintenance probably won't take place as thair aren't adequate tax monies comin in ta facilitate that on going maintenance.

Note: This is not just a problem with Tracy or San Joaquin County but all over th nation if ya take a close look at fire departments all over th nation an how they struggle ta provided services when they are needed.
June 18, 2013
Why do these firehouses cost so much? They're houses with tall garages!! These public projects are such wastes of money. I'm not saying that a new fire station is a waste of money, but have you seen a $4 million home? It's the biggest thing you will set your eyes on and yet this city will just get a 4 bedroom, 3 bath tilt up structure for the same price. There definitely has to be something shady going on with these projects because what the house I paid $200,000 for is larger than any fire station this city has. There's is something greatly wrong with this picture.
June 14, 2013
oh no! I will have them as backdoor neighbors.

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