Terra Bella firefighters heat up with station revamp

(Rigo Moran)

Tulare County Fire Station 21 in Terra Bella glows-up with freshly upgraded department, two brand new vehicles

TERRA BELLA – Firefighters in Terra Bella are feeling hot now that their station has been outfitted with a makeover to better suit their fire-fighting needs. Not only that, but to take it even further, they’re also soon getting a pair of new rides to go with their upgraded station.

The completion of the Terra Bella fire station’s (Station 21) remodel was announced at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 6. According to Tulare County Fire Chief Charlie Norman, who presented the update during the meeting, the remodeled station is going to help meet a need for the firefighters stationed there.

“I just wanted to thank you,” Norman said to the board. “These apparatus are so needed, and being the fireman that I am, they’re so cool.”

According to Lieutenant Shaun Muirhead, who serves at the Terra Bella station, the updated building includes a new living area, an extra bedroom, a remodeled kitchen and office as well as a brand-new engine bay. A report from the Jan. 9 Board of Supervisors meeting also mentioned the addition of a new heating and cooling system, weather shelter, washer and dryer hookups, fencing and landscaping.

The makeover is not the only new amenity the Terra Bella station has received. According to Muirhead, the fire department will also have two new vehicles soon.

(Rigo Moran)

“We’re gonna have a brand new 110-foot aerial ladder truck and a brand new type-three fire engine,” Muirhead said.

The ladder truck will serve multiple purposes, from putting out fires to helping retrieve people who are stuck in high places. According to Muirhead, the ladder truck will be able to hull 700 gallons of water around Terra Bella while the fire engine will hold 500 gallons of water to respond to fire emergencies.

However, although the new vehicles have been purchased, they won’t be in use for another six months to a year. Muirhead explained that the vehicles have been ordered and are currently at a factory in Los Angeles but won’t be ready for the field until the fire department has made necessary adjustments and fixed their tools to the vehicles.

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