The residents of Canyon Lake can breathe a little easier knowing that the city’s lone fire station is operating again.
The fire station reopened July 3, two years after it closed its doors after a dispute with county fire officials over the cost of services.
On May 9, the Board of Supervisors approved a new one-year fire protection contract for the City of Canyon Lake. The agreement allows the station to operate with a two-man crew. County officials will require the station to operate with a three-man crew stating July 1, 2018. Riverside Country District One Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said, “Six months into the contract the city council will need to decide if it will bump up to three-person staffing or terminate the contract at the end of 12 months and possibly create a city fire dept or close the station and contract with nearby cities to provide services again.”
Although reopening the station comes at a cost of $1.4 million, it’s a substantially lesser cost than the $2.1 million it was headed before the station closed.
To celebrate the reopening of Station 60, Canyon Lake City Council and city staff will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the station, 28730 Vacation Dr., on Saturday, July 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting, speeches, cake and refreshments. Residents and their guests are invited to attend.