This was in the works back when there was plans for a New Police Station, at the same location as the current Police Station. The fire station also Acquired land at the N/W Corner of Santa Ana and Willow Ave, in South Rialto. Their main Concern at the time was that they were having trouble getting across the I-10 freeway, When the freeway and Cars are trying to come home on the Friday night Commute night, there is at least a 25-40 minute Response time for the Ambulance and Fire engine to Respond from Fire Station 201, Which is located at Rialto Ave, at Willow Ave. The Fire Trucks Either respond straight down Willow, or they cut across to Riverside and straight down. which I think is the Strategy now, because there is just to much danger to cross Bloomington, and Willow and Merrill Ave. Even with the Lights and Siren. They can get a much faster response from the Lights/ and cars and people when they drive straight down Willow to Rialto and then cross E/B on Rialto Ave to Riverside and straight to the Cross on the south end and turn to go to where the call history says that the call is supposed to be at.
They need a Station with the appropriate equipment on it for those Gasoline storage tanks on the south end of the city, they also need another ladder company that can also take care of that end, so that would make two ladder companies for the city of Rialto. a bit much, but when the Tank farm takes off then and only then people will say wow great that Rialto City council thought ahead. Other then that, with the war going on, the Rialto Fire Department shouldn't' get anything beyond what the people in Los Colinias got when they build those houses in that end. they need to think about that too.
Though much of the city's development has been focused north ofthe 10 Freeway, projects for the south end have been proposed,prompting the city to take a closer look at the thinly populated area.
"There's a clear need for the station there," Fire Chief Steve Wells said.
Wells said response times south of the 10 are eight to 10 minutes, compared with five minutes in the rest of the city.
ThePlanning Commission on Tuesday will consider the Rancho El Rivinoproject by Young Homes, a 726-home development on 165 acres south ofthe freeway. It would occupy county land just north of El Rivino Roadthat would be annexed by Rialto.
Economic Development Director Robb Steel said theEnvironmental Impact Report drawn up for the project showed there isinsufficient fire response in the area to serve the proposed homes.
The city is negotiating a development agreement with YoungHomes that would help pay for the fire station and infrastructure thecity would need for the development, such as sewers.
Steel said the city has askedYoung to pay development fees higher than the current rate because thecity is poised to raise those fees. He said the city has asked for evenhigher fees to fund a new fire station.
Building and equipping the station will cost $6 million, Steel said.
PoliceChief Mark Kling said it is also possible there will be a policesubstation at the same location and that as the city continues todevelop, it will be necessary to increase the department's size.
"Right now we wouldn't have the staff to fill a substation," he said.
Inaddition to the El Rivino project, a number of industrial projectseither already exist or will eventually will be built south of 10. InSeptember, the City Council approved a 1.4 million-square-foot heavyindustrial center that will be built on Riverside Avenue and Agua MansaRoad.
But Wells said industrial development does not demand as much from the Fire Department as does residential development.
If the Planning Commission approves the proposal, it would go before the City Council in January.