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City officials Saturday announced that an engine company at a Pacific Palisades fire station has been restored after it was eliminated amid budget cutbacks in 2009.
The return of Engine 69 to Fire Station 69, at 15045 Sunset Blvd., will increase the number of firefighters from six to 10 each shift in the hillside and canyon community, where challenges include high brush-fire risks and narrow roads with limited routes to get in and out.
With two fire companies, the station will now be able to respond more quickly to emergencies, according to Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the area and requested funding to restore the engine company.
Bonin, who joined fire department officials and Pacific Palisades residents to announce the service restoration, said Engine 69 is “a necessary and invaluable resource to protect people and property in the Pacific Palisades,” where there is “an extremely high-risk of brush-fires.”
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas called the restoration of the engine company a “big win” for neighborhoods like Palisades Highlands, Brentwood and Mandeville Canyon.
Engine 69 was just one of the many victims of the LAFD staffing cuts made permanent in 2011, department officials said. Since then, the department has been gradually restoring service levels one engine company at a time.
Last month, the department restored Engine 209 to Fire Station 9 in the downtown Los Angeles and Skid Row area, and last year, an engine company was brought to a station serving the Los Feliz and Griffith Park areas, according to LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders.
The city was able to use funds from this year’s budget to restore Engine 69 in the Pacific Palisades, Sanders said. The department is currently applying for federal funds to restore four more engines next year, he said.
—City News Service