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City of Menifee breaks ground on new fire station

Pictured, from left, are Riverside County Fire Chief Bill Weiser, Supervisor Chuck Washington, Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto, Public Works Director Nick Fidler, City Manager Armando Villa, Mayor Bill Zimmerman, Councilman Bob Karwin, Battalion Chief Bill Lawe, Councilman Matt Liesemeyer, Mayor Pro Tem Dean Deines, Councilwoman Lesa Sobek, and Principal Engineer Carlos Geronimo. Photo provided by the City of Menifee.

The City of Menifee officially broke ground on Quail Valley Fire Station No. 5, a new 9,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will provide a significant increase in the amount of personnel and equipment that can be utilized at the station.

The new fire station will replace the existing Quail Valley Fire Station No. 5, located at the intersection of Goetz Road and Palm Drive/Ave Roble. It is expected to be completed and operational by January 2024.

Built in the 1950s, the current station is limited in capacity, housing only a few firefighters and two small-size fire trucks. The new, modern Fire Station No. 5 can house up to six fire personnel and has a three-bay garage that can house large equipment, with room for future expansion. The new fire station has been designed to meet the needs of the community for at least the next fifty years, the city said.

“I am incredibly proud of our city leadership and staff for helping move this project forward, and I’m equally thankful for the support of our homebuilding partners like Brookfield Residential whose contribution of the land made this fire station possible,” District 2 Councilmember Matt Liesemeyer said. “Quail Valley Fire Station No. 5 makes our city safer and fulfills a critical need in the Quail Valley and Audie Murphy Ranch communities by replacing one of the oldest fire stations in Riverside County with a brand new, contemporary facility.”

Several local leaders attended the ceremony to commemorate the groundbreaking of the new fire station including Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, and CalFire/Riverside County Fire Chief Bill Weiser.

“I want to thank the Menifee City Council for their commitment to public safety,” Chief Weiser said. “Facilities like these become a home for our firefighters and it is crucial that they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively and safely.”

More than half of the funding for the $8.6 million fire station was paid for by Menifee’s Quality of Life Measure. Passed by Menifee voters in November 2016, the Quality of Life Measure (also known as Measure DD) approved a one-cent sales tax to provide local funding that cannot be taken by the state. The funding provided by the measure has allowed the city to maintain and enhance numerous city services including police and fire services, road safety, and traffic mitigation.

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