Lockwood Fire Station
South Monterey County Fire Protection District’s new fire station in Lockwood spans an impressive 6,000 square feet. (Courtesy of Chris Lopez)

LOCKWOOD — In response to a longstanding need for improved emergency services in rural Southern Monterey County, a new fire station has emerged in Lockwood.

South Monterey County Fire Protection District’s new station opened its doors to the community earlier this month, showcasing the state-of-the-art building that spans an impressive 6,000 square feet.

The facility, located at 68875 Jolon Road, features a training room, two offices, a kitchen with a living space, a storage room and two furnished rooms. This marks a significant development as the fire station becomes the first in South Monterey County capable of housing permanent staff.

In addition to providing accommodations for personnel, the station can store additional apparatus, and it boasts a dedicated training center for future firefighters.

Lockwood Fire Station
The facility can store additional apparatus, and includes a dedicated training center for future firefighters. (Courtesy of Chris Lopez)

As a volunteer-based fire station, the new facility will not only respond to fires but also play a crucial role in providing medical aid. The success of the station heavily relies on community support, with four volunteers currently undergoing training to join the ranks.

Community members were able to celebrate this momentous occasion during the Feb. 17 grand-opening ceremony, which included a free barbecue. Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez, whose district includes South Monterey County, said it was an “incredible turnout.”

“Congratulations to the community, especially all the partners like (SSB Construction, Cal Fire BEU and In Studio Architecture) and all the amazing volunteers who made it happen,” Lopez said on social media afterward. “The land was donated by the Pattersons, and all the work that’s gone in has been community driven. I was happy to be a partner in making this dream a reality.”

Lopez continued, “This station is by and for the community of rural Southern Monterey County, and it’s a beauty with an incredible training facility and state-of-the-art technology. Thank you to Arroyo Seco Internet for making sure these lifesavers remain connected through your donation of technology. This is an achievement.”

Lockwood Fire Station
Community members celebrate the grand opening of Lockwood Fire Station #43 with a free barbecue at the new facility on Feb. 17. (Courtesy of Chris Lopez)

Representatives from Cal Fire expressed their excitement about the new addition to the San Benito-Monterey Unit (BEU), emphasizing the facility’s importance in bolstering emergency services in the region. The total cost of Lockwood Fire Station #43, which Cal Fire said has been 15 years in the making, was estimated at $3.5 million.

For those interested in volunteering, visit somocofpd.org.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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