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A decade in the making: Temecula to unveil fifth fire station in upcoming ceremony

By in Press Enterprise on December 30, 2017

By Shane Newell

The Roripaugh Ranch Fire Station is set to finally open more than a decade after it was built.

Temecula’s fifth fire station will begin operating on New Year’s Day. A public unveiling will follow on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The station was finished in 2006 but never opened in part because the original Roripaugh Ranch housing developer abandoned the project during the economic recession.

“It’s been a long-term vision,” City Manager Aaron Adams said. “There just wasn’t a great urgency to open the fire station because there weren’t any homes there.”

The station is opening as more residents move into the region and the city has plans to use about $2 million in funds from Measure S, which raised sales taxes by one percentage point, to staff the facility.

“If it wasn’t for Measure S, we would not be opening the station,” Fire Chief Charlie DeHart said.

The station that boasts three large engine doors is located at the intersection of Calle Chapos and Butterfield Stage Road on the city’s eastern border. The station was paid for by the Roripaugh Ranch developer as part of the original agreement with the city, Adams said.

The new station will help alleviate demands on other fire stations.

“The advantage that it gives us now is a significantly improved response time,” Mayor Matt Rahn said. “It shifts the burden of call volume from the existing stations and allows this station to cover the northeastern portion of the city.”

Matthew Colvin, a fire captain at the Roripaugh Ranch station, poses next to a fire engine a few days before the station begins operation on Jan. 1. (Photo by Shane Newell, staff)

Matthew Colvin, a captain at the new station, has been working at the station for the past few weeks to make improvements and upgrade some old technologies.

“We’ve had to hit the ground running,” he […]    

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