Fire Station No. 29 Relocation and Fire Training Center and Community Complex Master Plan

Oakland welcomes our community to envision a new state-of-the art fire station, fire training, education center and community complex located at 905 66th Avenue. The relocation of Fire Station No. 29 to this site is a top priority to replace the aging and outdated station. We invite you to learn more about the relocation and proposed plans to include a future fire training center and a community space to better serve the neighborhood and Oakland at-large. We are eager to share more and hear from YOU.

Status:
In Process

About

The vision of this project is to create an essential fire service and community complex that enhances public safety, emergency response, job training and access to community amenities. The complex must thoughtfully integrate Fire Station No. 29 and co-locate other Oakland Fire Department facilities while providing a welcoming community facility that is universally accessible and visible to the public.

Existing Fire Station No. 29 located at 1016 66th Avenue does not serve the current and anticipated operational and community needs. Oakland proposes to locate a new station one block away at 905 66th Avenue. The new facility is funded by Measure KK and will be the first phase to be fully designed and constructed with anticipated completion by the end of 2025. The new Fire Station will include a community room and classroom.

The Master Plan will look toward the future to develop a strategy that benefits all by addressing the needs of the first responders and needs of the community. The fire safety and training facilities proposed include relocation of the obsolete OFD fire training facilities, fire training classrooms, Support Services Division and the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force #4 (USAR) Warehouse. A portion of the site will be dedicated to a community-oriented business or facility to be determined through an inclusive planning and community engagement process.

The first Community meeting was held on Saturday, April 16 2022 at the Cypress Mandela Training Center. If you missed the meeting you can download and view the presentation by clicking Community Meeting #1 Presentation under the Documents tab.

Zoom Meetings were held on April 20, 2022 (Chinese and English) and April 21, 2022 (Spanish and English). If you missed the meetings you can download and view the presentation by clicking Community Meeting #1 Zoom under the Documents tab.

Learn more about the project by visiting us at the Akoma Market on May 1, 2022


Frequently Asked Questions

Fire House 29

Q. Why is the fire house being moved from its current location at 1016 66th Ave to a new location at 905 66th Ave? Why does there need to be a new Fire House #29?

A. The current fire house does not meet the operational needs of the fire department or the community in terms of types and quantity of equipment needed and staffing.

Q. How is the project funded and what are the phases?

A: Fire House 29 is currently funded under Measure KK. the City’s Infrastructure Bond passed by Oakland voters in 2016. After the site Master Plan is completed, the Fire House 29 will be the first phase of implementation with design and construction extending now through 2025. Other site amenities/future phases are currently unfunded.

Q. What will happen to the existing Fire House 29 site?

A. There are a few options for the site, including rezoning the site to allow for an increase in density for housing as well as selling the site.

Q. How large will the new fire house be?

A. The new fire house will be approximately 15,000 square feet and will provide state of the art systems, house fire personnel, and will have a community resource center/conference room that will be available to the community. In comparison the existing fire house is approximately 3,900 sq ft and was originally built as a temporary facility and is much too small for a modern fire house.

Q. Will the fire house serve the same area as the current?

A. The fire house will continue to serve the same service area.

Q. How many fire apparatus will be stationed at the fire house?

A. There will be three bays at the fire house with one engine and at least one spare engine.

Q. How many fire fighters will be at the house?

A. Each shift is scheduled to have four fire fighters, one fire investigator and can accommodate up to four additional firefighters when upstaffing occurs.

Q. Will street parking be impacted?

A. There will be onsite parking for the staff, so street parking will not be impacted.

Q The current fire house has a public drop in area for medical incidents – will the new fire station have the same system?

A. The new fire house will have an area for semiprivate medical incidents.

Public Safety Training Center

Q: Why does the Fire Department need a new Training Center?

A: The Departments existing training center is obsolete and is currently operated with condemned facilities that no longer support the training requirements of the Oakland Fire Department.

Q: Why this site?

A: The site at 905 66th Avenue is an ideal location for not only the training center but also allows Fire House No. 29 to be replaced in the center of its response district. The site is correctly zoned for both the Fire House and the Training Center. The 6 ½ acre area is an ideal size and an ideal location to support the Departments multiple programs to educate, develop and foster good-will in the community. The site is easy to access via BART and AC Transit.

Q: What other functions will be included at this site in addition to the Training Center and Fire House No. 29?

A. The City of Oakland hosts the federally funded FEMA Task Force 4 which provides Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) services to major disasters all over the country. The Department is paying $30,000 in monthly rent and to have this function as a City owned facility would aid the department financially. Training is a big part of the Task Force daily duties and being co-located at the training center brings assets to each group that can be shared.

In addition, the Departments Support Services Division is located at a Public Works warehouse. This division provides supplies, equipment and maintenance to all stations and the training center. Relocating the Support Service Division to this site and co-locating with USAR and the Training Division provides economies of scale by the sharing of land and facilities. It allows each Division to function more efficiently.

Q: What are the hours of operation of the training center, USAR Task Force 4 and Support Services Division?

A: Typical center hours are 8am to 5pm, however on occasions (weekly) there will be off hour (evening/night/weekend) training operations. In addition, when the Task Force is activated, the facility will operate 24 hours a day until deployed.

Q: Will I see real fire and/or smoke during fire training? How often will these occur?

A: Class A live fires are anticipated 2 times per training academy (two to three times per calendar year). A typical Class A burn will last less than 15 minutes and will involve real fire and smoke. Class B fires are anticipated # times per training academy and use liquid propane and artificial smoke generators to simulate a real fire. A typical Class B burn will last less than 5 minutes.

Q: Will there be a lot of loud noises coming from the training grounds (sirens, loud equipment)?

A: Typical fire training activities do not include the use of sirens. Typical training ground operations involve the use of light machinery and tools; similar to a quiet construction site.

Q: What materials are burned to create the fires?

A: Typical Class A fires are created using pallets and straw or compressed fibrous wood shavings. Typical Class B fires are created using a liquid propane system similar to a large gas grill.

Q: Is there a schedule of when live fire training will be conducted? I.e., day/night/time of year? Is the public notified in advance when a live fire will be conducted?

A: Typically, there is no public notification.

Q: How will this project affect traffic in the area? Are there going to be any new traffic signals?

A: A traffic study will be conducted after Fire House 29 is constructed in preparation of Master Site development.

Community Center

There is a portion of the site that has been set aside for a joint OFD/Community Space. The final use of this area has not been determined.

Q: Who will determine the final configuration/use of the OFD/Community space?

A. Part of the process is to determine the uses allowed by the zoning regulations for the area. Once the zoning and the needs of the community have been determined Oakland Fire Department will incorporate those considerations to determine the uses. The type of facility and use should align with what can be supported by the City of Oakland or by a Community Partner for maximum benefit.

Q: Has there been outreach to the community/neighbors?

A. Community Meetings are beginning now – Please get involved. For a list of scheduled meetings, please go here: https://www.oaklandca.gov/projects/fire-station-no-29-relocation-and-fire-training-center-and-community-complex-master-plan

There have been meetings with the Black Community Zone, Councilmember Taylor, Cypress Mandela Training Center, AC Transit, BART and Union Pacific Railroad as well as the City of Oakland Planning department to obtain input about the Fire House, Training Center and the Shared OFD/Community Facility.




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Documents

Map

Map of Project: Fire Station No. 29 Relocation and Fire Training Center and Community Complex Master Plan

Timeline

Community Engagement + Master Planning Phase
Fall 2021 - Summer 2022
Fire Station #29 Design
Summer 2022 - Summer 2024
Fire Station #29 Construction
Fall 2024 - Winter 2025

Contact

Email

HNguyen2@oaklandca.gov